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EuroTrash Monday!

What a weekend of great racing action! Today’s trashcan is simply overflowing with all the latest results from racing around the world, injury updates, contract news and much, much more – it’s all here today. It’s EuroTrash time!

Greipel Vs Cav – A Draw?
My top story today is arch rivals Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma Lotto) and Mark Cavendish (HTC Highroad) finally both scored their first victories of the season over the weekend with Cav scoring the final stage in the Tour of Oman whilst Greipel took his win at the Tour of Algarve. Unfortunately for us fans the victories were not in a heads up battle between the two so it’s difficult to say whose victory was better than the others. Sprints are always such a heat of the moment affair and very much dependant on team tactics and what other sprinters you’re up against. Cav certainly got the better of some in form sprinters in Oman by beating Italian wonderkid, Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Neri) and Theo Bos (Rabobank) to name just two whilst Greipel beat some others who are also in great early season form such as Michael Matthews (Rabobank) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin – Cervйlo).

What is known for sure is once these two get winning it’s difficult to stop them and I for one am looking for a true heads up battle between these two after the disappointment that was the Tour Down Under. For my money the battle between these two great sprinters is currently tied up at 1 a piece although Andre the giant can claim that he got his win first – 1 day ahead of Cav!

Gesink Crowned The King In Oman
Yes, Cav got the final stage in Oman but all the kudos should go to Rabobank’s Robert Gesink who rode a simply superb tour winning the important mountain stage to take the GC lead and then backed that up with a time trial victory! For a man that was once described by own members of his team as the worst time triallist since Michael Rasmussen this was a HUGE victory. The time trial itself was on standard road bikes and featured a very hilly circuit but with everyone expecting the so called superior time triallists to take the jersey away from Gesink, the young Dutchman showed everyone that he’s not just a brilliant climber but a brilliant rider – could the Netherlands finally have a GrandTour winner in their ranks? It’s been a while!

Stage 3 results:
1. Theo Bos (Rabobank)
2. Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
3. Matthew Goss (HTC – High Road) s.t.
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) s.t.
5. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervйlo) s.t.
6. Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini) s.t.
7. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) m.t.
8. Niko Eeckhout (An Post – Sean Kelly) s.t.
9. Mark Cavendish (HTC – High Road) s.t.
10. Francesco Chicchi (Quick Step) s.t.

Stage 4 Results (Mountain Finish):
1. Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) +0’47″
3. Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) +0’51″
4. Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini) +0’53″
5. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervйlo) s.t.
6. Greg van Avermaet (BMC) +1’02″
7. Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek) +1’05″
8. Michael Albasini (HTC – High Road) s.t.
9. Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) +1’12″
10. Patrik Sinkewitz (Farnese Vini) +1’29″

Stage 5 Results (Time Trial):
1. Robert Gesink (Rabobank) 29’20″
2. Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini) +0’16″
3. Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) +0’24″
4. Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) +0’27″
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) +0’29″
6. Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) +0’36″
7. Michael Albasini (HTC – High Road) +0’37″
8. Lars Boom (Rabobank) +0’43″
9. Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) +0’59″
10. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervйlo) +1’01″

Stage 6 Results:
1. Mark Cavendish (HTC – High Road)
2. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) s.t.
3. Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini) s.t.
4. Matteo Pelucchi (Geox) s.t.
5. Francesco Chicchi (Quick Step) s.t.
6. Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervйlo) s.t.
7. Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post – Sean Kelly) s.t.
8. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) s.t.
9. Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
10. Theo Bos (Rabobank) s.t.

Final General Classification:
1. Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) +1’13″
3. Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini) +1’19″
4. Michael Albasini (HTC – High Road) 1’52″
5. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervйlo) +2’04″
6. Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) +2’11″
7. Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) +2’13″
8. Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek) +2’19″
9. Patrik Sinkewitz (Farnese Vini) +2’51″
10. Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) +3’03″

Martin Takes It In Algarve
Young German sensation Tony Martin (HTC Highroad) managed to take both the stage win and the overall victory with a great ride in the final time trial at the Volta ao Algarve yesterday. The time trial specialist had previously ridden superbly in the mountains to put himself in with a good shot at the overall title and in the end his deficit of just 10 seconds behind overnight leader Stephen Cummings (SKY) and 6 seconds behind Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) were no problem for the young German to bring back in the 17km time trial.

Martin beat Vacansoleil’s Lieuwe Westra by five seconds and Tiago Machado (RadioShack) by 26 to take the stage win with an excellent performance also put in by Martin’s teammate, Tejay Van Garderen in sixth, 30 seconds back giving HTC -Highroad an incredible 1-2 on final GC!

This race certainly had it all this year, suspense, the winning return of Andre Greipel, a great battle in the mountains, a surprise last minute entrant in Alberto Contador and a deserving victor. The presence of Alberto Contador certainly increased the media interest in the event but the Spaniard simply didn’t have the form he had in previous years to reclaim the title. Firstly in the mountains he couldn’t distance himself from a small elite group where Steve Cummings took a superb win and then in the time trial where he came a disappointing 15th, 45s down. Also of note in the time trial was the great performance from RadioShack neo-pro, Jesse Sergent who at just 22 in his first year as a pro managed to get 4th in the time trial well ahead of big names in time trials like Bert Grabsch and a certain Alberto Contador. Who said RadioShack was just a retirement home for former greats? This young New Zealander could be the future!

Stage 3 Mountain Finish:
1. Steven Cummings (Team Sky)
2. Tejay van Garderen (HTC – High Road) s.t.
3. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) s.t.
4. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) s.t.
5. Tony Martin (HTC – High Road) s.t.
6. Tiago Machado (Radio Shack) +0’06″
7. Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) +0’16″
8. Roman Kreuziger (Astana) s.t.
9. Andreas Klцden (Radio Shack) s.t.
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervйlo) s.t.

Stage 4 Sprint Stage:
1. Andrй Greipel (Omega Pharma)
2. Michael Matthews (Rabobank) s.t.
3. Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale) s.t.
4. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervйlo) s.t.
5. Allan Davis (Astana) s.t.
6. John Degenkolb (HTC – High Road) s.t.
7. Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) s.t.
8. Boy van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare) s.t.
9. Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) s.t.
10. Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank) s.t.

Stage 5 time trial:
1, Tony Martin (HTC Highroad) 17.2 kilometres in 20 mins 53 secs
2, Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) at 5 secs
3, Tiago Machado (RadioShack) at 26 secs
4, Jesse Sergent (RadioShack) at 27 secs
5, Andreas Klцden (RadioShack) at 30 secs
6, Tejay Van Garderen (HTC Highroad) at 30 secs
7, Luis Leуn Sбnchez (Rabobank) at 30 secs
8, Sйbastien Rosseler (RadioShack) at 31 secs
9, Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) at 39 secs
10, Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) at 42 secs
11, Bert Grabsch (HTC Highroad) at 42 secs
12, Nйlson Oliveira (RadioShack) at 44 secs
13, Frantiљek Rabon (HTC Highroad) at 44 secs
14, Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank) at 44 secs
15, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank SunGard) at 45 secs

Final overall standings:
1, Tony Martin (HTC – Highroad) 18 hours 48 mins 45 secs
2, Tejay Van Garderen (HTC – Highroad) at 32 secs
3, Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) at 39 secs
4, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) at 41 secs
5, Andreas Klцden (RadioShack) at 46 secs
6, Tiago Machado (RadioShack) at 47 secs
7, Steven Cummings (Team Sky) at 53 secs
8, Rein Taaramдe (Cofidis) at 59 secs
9, Luis Leуn Sбnchez (Rabobank) at 1 min 04
10, Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) at 1 min 05
11, Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) at 1 min 18
12, Sylvain Chavanel (Quick-Step) at 1 min 22
13, Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank) at 1 min 24
14, Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) at 1 min 40
15, Wout Poels (Vacansoleil) at 1 min 47

Tondo Blows The Whistle
Team Movistar rider Xavier Tondo has been named as the rider who tipped police off about a doping network in Girona after allegedly receiving an email offering him EPO, steroids, growth hormones and a certain CLENBUTEROL at discount rates. Tondo did the right thing and forwarded the email to the police who thanks to Tondo’s act were able to bust a drug ring in Catalunya with a total of seven people arrested on suspicion of providing banned products to sportspeople.

Pietropolli Does It Again!
Just three weeks after taking victory in the three-stage Giro della Reggio Calabria, Lampre-ISD rider Daniele Pietropolli has done it again by taking out the Trofeo Laigueglia in Italy on Saturday. Pietropolli won from Simone Ponzi (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Angel Vicioso Arcos (Androni Giocattoli) after proving himself the superior sprinter in the small, select group of 10 who separated themselves from the rest of the peloton in the closing stages of the race. Amongst the select front group were big names such as former world champion Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team) and Giro d’Italia champion Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) which made Pietropolli’s victory even sweeter for the young Italian.

Trofeo Laigueglia Results:
1, Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre – ISD)
2, Simone Ponzi (Liquigas-Cannondale) st
3, Angel Vicioso Arcos (Androni Giocattoli) st
4, Fabio Taborre (Acqua & Sapone) st
5, Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) st
6, Fortunato Baliani (d’Angelo & Antenucci – Nippo) st
7, Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team) st
8, Frйdйric Amorison (Landbouwkrediet) st
9, Paolo Ciavatta (Acqua & Sapone) st
10, Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) st
11, Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) + 52 s
12, Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre – ISD) st
13, Ryan Anderson (Team Spidertech Powered By C10) st
14, Jonathan Monsalve (Androni Giocattoli) st

Spidertech Debuts
Just missing out on a top ten result in their first race of the European season, team Spidertech Powered By C10 is off to a good start with Ryan Anderson’s 13th place in the Trofeo Laigueglia on Saturday. The Canadian team missed the decisive break but 3rd in the bunch kick is an encouraging start for their first Euro race in 2011 before they head off to the Tour of Sardinia on Tuesday.

Voeckler Triumphs In The Haut Var
In what for me was the best racing of the season so far, French champion Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) took 2nd place in the 2nd and final stage yesterday in the Tour Du Haut Var which was good enough to ensure the overall victory after finishing 3rd on day 1. Stage 1’s winner, Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) put in a valiant effort to defend his jersey with the able help of an inform David Moncoutie but the constant attacking by a myriad of different riders was simply too much for little Sammy to take.

Eventually Voeckler was able to get away for good in the final 6 kms with Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille) for company. The young Antomarchi and Voeckler buried themselves over the final few kms putting enough distance between them and the challengers behind to give Voeckler the GC win and Antomarchi the well deserved stage win. If you’ve got the time on this Monday at work……have a look at the video below of the final few kms for a look at some great early season attacking riding. It’s just the final 9 kms and it was actually the final 80kms of this race that was the great racing – but we can’t spend all day at work watching cycling, right??

Stage 1 Results:
1. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis)
2. Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R) st
3. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) st
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) st
5. Cedric Pineau (FDJ) st

Stage 2 Results:
1. Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille)
2. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.
3. Josй Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) +0’29″
4. Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
5. David Moncoutiй (Cofidis) s.t.
6. Rйmi Pauriol (FDJ) s.t.
7. Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) s.t.
8. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank) +0’45″
9. Cйdric Pineau (FDJ) +0’54″
10. Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1) s.t.

Final General Classification:
1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
2. Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille) +0’08″
3. Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) +0’28″
4. Josй Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) +0’29″
5. Rйmi Pauriol (FDJ) +0’37″
6. David Moncoutiй (Cofidis) s.t.
7. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) +0’53″
8. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank) s.t.
9. Cйdric Pineau (FDJ) +0’54″
10.Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel) s.t.

Ruta Del Sol
The French victories just keep coming in 2011 with another great result for the tricolores with Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur Sojasun) taking the first leaders jersey in the Ruta del Sol after winning the prologue ahead of RadioShack surprise, Markel Irizar and Omega Pharma-Lotto’s great GC hope, Jurgen Van den Broeck.

Engoulvent is somewhat of a specialist in prologues with this being his sixth professional victory from a prologue after wins at the Tour of Luxembourg (2007 & 2010), Les Boucles de la Mayenne (2010), Tour of Portugal (2010) and the Tropical Amissa Bongo (2007).

Prologue Results:
1. Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur Sojasun)
2. Markel Irizar (Radio Shack) s.t.
3. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) +0’01
4. Levi Leipheimer (Radio Shack) +0’02
5. Jйrфme Coppel (Saur Sojasun) +0’03
6. Paul Poux (Saur Sojasun) +0’07
7. Luis Pasamontes (Movistar) +0’08
8. Thomas Lovkvist (Team Sky) s.t.
9. Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) s.t.
10. Ivan Rovny (Radio Shack) +0’10

Ricco Welcomed Home!
Just 8 days after being provisionally suspended by his team Vacansoleil the team has given Ricco the news that every cycling fan except for the most diehard of Ricco fans was waiting to hear – ‘You’re fired!’

It wasn’t quite the welcome home from hospital that Ricco had been hoping for but an obvious action by Vacansoleil after Ricco’s apparent confessions to medical staff about his alleged self-administered blood doping practices. Ricco’s firing by Vacansoleil is far from the end of the affair though as Italian police pursue their investigation into the sorry saga. No stranger to a jail cell after a brief sojourn in a French jail during the Tour de France 2008 Ricco could soon be experiencing jail hospitality Italian style if the Italian police find they have just cause for an arrest in this affair.

Two More Pegasus Refugees Find Homes
Following the collapse of the ill-fated Pegasus team, most of the big riders such as Tuft, Hunter, McEwen etc had no problems finding employment but for some of the lesser knowns, the last two months have been tough. Many riders and staff from the project are still without contracts for 2011 but this past week saw two more riders take their name off that sorry list in the form of Germany’s Markus Eichler and Australian’s Darren Lapthorne.

Whilst neither rider was able to find a home on a big team they have been at least able to find employment with former Aussie road champ Lapthorne going to Aussie continental team Drapac-Porsche and Eichler going to young German continental team, Team NSP.

Charteau Crashes Out
Racing under sunny skies in South Africa should have been ideal for the Europcar team but the newly formed team of Jean Rene Bernadeau suffered some bad luck in the first stage of the Tour of South Africa when Anthony Charteau crashed heavily. The 2010 Tour de France KOM jersey winner broke his collarbone in the fall and was immediately withdrawn from the race and rushed to hospital.

It was a tough start to the race for Europcar who up until that point have had an almost dream start to the season with quality early victories like Thomas Voeckler yesterday in the Tour de Haut Var plus a stage win at the Tour Mediterraneйn, Saпd Haddou sprinting to another stage at the Etoile Besseges, Yohan Gene sprinting to two more stage wins at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo where Anthony Charteau also took the overall win at the 2.1 ranked African race.

No more racing for Charteau for a while though as he recovers from his crash although the Pro Continental team will need him back on board soon to keep the good results coming for the team.

House Shines In The Sun
Onto those with better luck now in South Africa with the story of Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) taking the first stage after a long breakaway and with it the first yellow jersey. House broke away after just 80 kms with Czech rider, Martin Blaha before leaving him behind with 40kms to go to power home alone in a strong solo display.

By winning solo House took a clear lead in the GC which he was then able to conserve in the 2nd stage after it was cancelled half way through the stage! The stage itself was supposed to finish in the capital of Johannesburg but the organisers had many problems with traffic getting onto the final circuit and they had no choice but to cancel the stage. With a population of 13million non-bike enthusiasts the organisation was always going to be difficult and finally it was the UCI commissaires who pulled the plug on the stage as the safety of the riders was at risk.

SRAM A Real Force In The WorldTour
The guys over at SRAM have been blowing their own horn lately about their excellent early season results in the WorldTour and why not? With 8 sponsored teams in the top division the results have been coming thick and fast right from the very first race of the season where Garmin-Cervйlo’s Cameron Meyer scored a great overall victory at the TDU. The eight teams sponsored by SRAM in the World Tour include early victors Garmin-Cervйlo, Liquigas-Cannondale and Vacansoleil along with Astana, Ag2r, Saxo Bank-Sunguard, RadioShack and Katusha.

These sponsorship deals make SRAM now the clear leader in the component battle in front of Shimano who have 6 teams at the World Tour level and Campagnolo who have just 4 teams. Not bad for a company that a few years ago had zero teams sponsored, an unknown name with new equipment and were facing a real duopoly when they entered the market!

It’s not just the big teams that have gone the SRAM route though with SRAM supported teams now infiltrated through all levels of the sport with 3 women’s teams sponsored; Garmin-Cervelo, TIBCO to the Top and Peanut Butter & Co 2012, 2 Pro Continental teams; UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team & Team Net App plus 8 Continental teams; Trek-Livestrong U23, Kelly Benefit Strategies – OptumHealth, Holowesko Partners – Slipstream, Kenda Pro Cycling, California Giant Cycling, Jelly Belly Pro Cycling, Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling and MTN Qhubeka Cycling Team Powered by WBR.

I’m still waiting for a EuroTrash team sponsored by SRAM of course but there’s not many offers for old, out of form cyclists in the SRAM stables! Perhaps if our own Matt Conn and I could get our act together and have a crack at the Journalist Worlds to try and finally get our very own Pez World Champion’s jersey we could be sponsorship worthy? Not sure about a SRAM sponsorship though as a beer sponsorship might be more appropriate for us…….

Our very own Matt Conn has come close before to Journo Worlds glory though and we here at Pez have faith that one day the superb Pez jersey will have the famous World Championship bands on it.

Enough dreaming by me now on this Monday morning though – if you want to read more from SRAM check out their fun page at theroaddiaries.com. It’s a very SRAM centric page of course but there’s some good videos and interesting tidbits on there from time to time from their various sponsored teams and reps around the world like from my old training partner and ex pro Jason Phillips who uploaded some great stuff from various Euro races last year. Or simply check out their main site of course at sram.com

Janssen To Be World Champion Ambassador
The Dutch world champion of 1964, Jan Janssen (70), is to be the ambassador of the Foundation UCI Road World Championships 2012. The former world champion and winner of the Vuelta Espana in 1967 and Tour de France in 1968 will fulfill his job as a promoter of the event. “I hope I will be able to add a positive input to the World Championships 2012 in Limburg” quoted a proud Jan Janssen.

In 1964 in Sallanches, Jan Janssen vanquished fellow sprinters Vittorio Adorni and Raymond Poulidor in a legendary final sprint. Jan is still very proud of his rainbow jersey “Pure nostalgia, a jersey that has kind of yellowed, but the winners pride and shine has never faded away.” He has always had a special and intense relationship with the province of Limburg. As youngster, in the starting years of his career, Jan Janssen first conquered in Wijnandsrade in the Province Limburg.

For the former world champion, the approval of the UCI Road World Championships 2012 to the province of Limburg is a very positive development for the Dutch cycling sport. “the hilly countryside guarantees a beautiful and exciting race and a great winner. 260 Kilometres cycling on this race track is not an easy task for the cyclists.” Of course Jan Janssen hopes that a Dutch cyclist will gain the victory in 2012. “To cycle a world championship for your own audience, is always something special. And we have quite a number of very talented cyclists in our small country. A Dutch victory in the Netherlands would be an enormous promotion for the cycling sport, for the Province Limburg and for the Netherlands. With pleasure I will do the best that I can to contribute to this success.

The province Limburg plays an important role in the history of the strive for the World Champion’s title. So far, 5 World Championships have been cycled in the Province of Limburg; Valkenburg 1938, 1948, 1979 and 1998 and Heerlen 1967. In Heerlen, in 1967, Jan Janssen was very close to the victory but was beaten in the final sprint by Campionissimo Eddy Merckx.

The UCI Road World Championships 2012 will be organised from 15 to 23 September. This will be the first year that the UCI Road World Championships will be organised according to a new structure. The most important changes are the increase of the number of race days spread over 2 instead of 1 weekend, the new Team Time Trial for UCI sponsor teams (men and women) , a “ladies day”, and diverse recreational events (for all ages).

Seven local communities and governments will fulfil a task as starting or finishing for the professional or recreational events of the UCI Road World Championships 2012. The governments involved are: the Province Limburg, Maastricht community, Heerlen community, Valkenburg community, Sittard-Geleen community, Landgraaf community and Eijsden-Margraten community.

A video portrait (in dutch) of ambassador Jan Janssen has been created, the video contains new and never shown scenes of his victory in Sallanches in 1964.

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