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EuroTrash Monday!

What a Milan San Remo! Matt Goss continued his great early season with his biggest win to date and today we have the last kms on video if you were unlucky enough to have missed it. There’s also a full racing wrap of races from around the world including Belgium, France and Taiwan! All this and more in today’s EuroTrash!

First Ever For Goss!
Top story this Monday has to be Matty Goss and his superb victory in Milan San Remo in what was one of the most exciting Milan San Remo’s in recent years. In winning, Goss became the first Australian to ever win in San Remo and not only that he was also the first Non-European to ever win this great Italian classic.

For those of you who were unlucky enough not to see the race, I highly recommend checking out the video below of the last few kilometres to catch up on what was a tactically perfect piece of riding by the Tasmanian Goss who is having a truly incredible season – already 8 wins!

Descend Like A Pro
Inspired after watching the last video to get out there on the bike and do your best pro impression on your local streets? Well here’s another view of a pro’s look at the parcours of Milan San Remo for you – the descent of the Cipressa via helmet cam from Juan Antonia Flecha! It’s only in training though so watch out for the cars!

A Victory For The Little Guy!
With all the talk about Milan San Remo you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was the only race this past weekend but no, far from it in fact. There was some great racing going on across the world and let’s start this racing round up with a great victory for the underdog in Belgium.

Donckers Koffie rider, Steve Schets took out the Handzame Classic in a sprint on Friday beating much bigger names from the more prestigious teams teams like Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano), Theo Bos (Rabobank) and the Belgian legend Niko Eeckhout (An Post – Sean Kelly) in the process. Who is Steve Schets you may ask? Or even what’s the Donckers Koffie team? Well to be honest I didn’t know the answer to the first question so I hit the internet to find out that Schets is a 26 year old Belgian who has spent the last few years on small Belgian teams and according to Wikipedia his last big win was way back in 2006 with a stage win at the Tour of Berlin.

As for his team, the full name is Donckers Koffie-Jelly Belly and it’s a Belgian Continental formation which last year was known as QIN cycling team. It’s director is the famous Eric Vanderaerden and it has a mostly Belgian lineup of riders but also includes the talented young Englishman James Spragg. This win by Schets in the 1.1 Category in the Handzame Classic is the biggest to date for the team who hope to step up to the Professional Continental level in the next few years.

1. Steve Schets (Donckers Kofie)
2. Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
3. Niko Eeckhout (An Post – Sean Kelly) s.t.
4. Philip Schulz (Colba Mercury) s.t.
5. Aidis Kruopis (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
6. Theo Bos (Rabobank) s.t.
7. Frйdйrique Robert (Quick Step) s.t.
8. Remco te Brake (Team De Rijke) s.t.
9. Maxime Vantomme (Katusha) s.t.
10. Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.

Vacansoleil On Top In France
In form Dutchman, Lieuwe Westra won his own 1.1 catgeory race this past Saturday with a great win at the Classic Loire-Atlantique despite some tough competition from the highly motivated French squads.

In particular French champion Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) looked very strong and was out to prove a point after his squad was not selected for Milan San Remo but his late attack didn’t work out and he eventually finished 10th. Vestra attacked the small front group in the final kilometer to take the win and continue he and his team’s good early season form finishing ahead of Bert Scheirlinckx (Landbouwkrediet) and Yohan Cauquil (La Pomme Marseille) for the win.

1. Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil)
2. Bert Scheirlinckx (Landbouwkrediet) +0’02″
3. Yohan Cauquil (La Pomme Marseille) +0’09″
4. Tom Skuijns (La Pomme Marseille) +0’16″
5. Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) +0’22″
6. Anthony Geslin (FDJ) s.t.
7. Frйdйric Amorison (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
8. Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
9. Arnoud Van Groen (Vйrandas Willems) s.t.
10. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.

Voeckler Wins Again!
Not perturbed by his late attack that didn’t work on Saturday at the Classic Loire-Atlantique, Thomas Voeckler tried again on Sunday at the Cholet – Pays-de-Loire breaking away in the final kilometers to take yet another win for the flying Frenchman – that’s 5 wins so far this year! This is the best start to a season ever by Voeckler and five wins is a very impressive figure for a non-sprinter who has to rely on breaking away for his victories.

With his five wins, Voeckler is now the leader of the French Cup and the UCI European Tour which are important competitions for he and his team to win if they are to climb their way back into the World Tour next year.

1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
2. Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) s.t.
3. Benjamin Giraud (La Pomme Marseille) s.t.
4. Mathieu Drujon (Big Mat – Auber 93) s.t.
5. Stйphane Poulhiиs (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
6. James Vanlandschoot (Verandas Willems) s.t.
7. Jean-Luc Delpech (Bretagne-Schuller) s.t.
8. Egoitz Garcia (Caja Rural) s.t.
9. Fabien Bacquet (Big Mat – Auber 93) s.t.
10.Romain Hardy (Bretagne-Schuller) s.t.

French Cup Standings:
1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 50 points
2. Jйrйmy Roy (FDJ) 50
3. Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) 35
4. Sylvain Georges (Big Mat – Auber 93) 35
5. Benjamin Giraud (La Pomme Marseille) 25
6. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) 25
7. Mathieu Drujon (Big Mat – Auber 93) 20
8. Stйphane Poulhiиs (Saur-Sojasun) 18
9. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) 18
10.Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 16

UCI Europe Tour Standings:

1 (-) Thomas VOECKLER
France EUC 32 147
2 (-) David MONCOUTIE
France COF 36 116
3 (1) Kemal KUCUKBAY
Turkey 29 90
4 (-) Jйrйmy ROY
France FDJ 28 80
5 (-) Julien ANTOMARCHI
France LPM 27 79
6 (2) Nikias ARNDT
Germany LKT 20 62
7 (-) Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ
Colombia AND 32 62
8 (-) Samuel DUMOULIN
France COF 31 58
9 (-) Arkaitz DURAN AROCA
Spain GEO 25 56
10 (-) Roberto FERRARI
Italy AND 28 56

Veillux Gets His First
Europcar had a great Sunday with Voeckler’s win in the Classic Loire-Atlantique and then new Canadian recruit, David Veilleux took the win in the UCI 1.2 La Roue Tourangelle event. Veilleux escaped in the last 30 kilometres with Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun) for company who he then outsprinted in the end with Sebastien Chavenal ending a perfect day for Europcar by taking the bunch sprint to round out the podium.

1. David Veilleux (Europcar)
2. Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
3. Sйbastien Chavanel (Europcar) +0’05″
4. Rony Martias (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
5. Sйbastien Foucher (Guidon Chalettois) s.t.
6. Morgan Lamoisson (Vendйe U) s.t.
7. Tony Hurel (Europcar) s.t.
8. Alo Jakin (Villeneuve-Saint-Germain) s.t.
9. Sylvain Blanquefort (Top 16) s.t.
10.Romain Matheou (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.

Another Aussie On Top In Taiwan
Yet another talented young Aussie is doing well in the International races with this time it being young Adam Phelan (Drapac) who is in the leader’s jersey at the Tour of Taiwan after winning the 2km prologue on Saturday. Phelan beat Mart Ojavee (Champion Systems) and Dean Downing (Rapha Condor) to take the win and was then able to hang onto the jersey through a fast and furious criterium on Stage 1 which was won by Korea’s Sung Baek Park.

Overall things are tight though and with 8 stages still to go which include some pretty hilly days this 2.2 Category race is anyone’s to take. Kelly Benefit Strategies have travelled to the event with a strong team and would have to be amongst the favourites for the title along with the Iranian team and the Drapac boys without forgetting last year’s winner of course, Davis McCann (Giant Kenda Cycling Team) who currently sits in 22nd place.

Current Overall Standings: Tour of Taiwan
1. Adam Phelan (Aus), Drapac Porsche Cycling, 1:24:22
2. Mart Ojavee (Est), Champion System, s.t.
3. Dean Downing (Gbr), Rapha Condor-Sharp, at 0:02
4. Michael Friedman (USA), Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 0:02
5. Dene Rogers (Nzl), Giant-Kenda, at 0:02

Volta a Catalunya Starts Tomorrow!
A lot of the big GC names of our sport will be lining up at the oldest Spanish stage race today, the Volta a Catalunya with a tough field and a super hard parcours the action should be on from the first stage. The race has traditionally started with a prologue but not this year as the race instead will start with a 170km road stage that includes 2 cat 1 climbs! Although the climbs are situated a fair distance from the finish line the chances of time gaps separating the field on the first day is high.

Some of the big names expected to fight it out for the win in this 7 stage race are Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), Cadel Evans (BMC), Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC) and a certain Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank). Should be a great race!

Quiznos Pro Challenge Names Their Teams
Some big teams have been announced as competing in the Quiznos Pro Challenge 2011 with Team Leopard Trek (Luxembourg), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA), Team Type 1-sanofi aventis (USA), Skil-Shimano (Netherlands) and Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (Canada) all being announced as confirmed starters last week.

These teams will join previously announced Team RadioShack (USA), HTC-Highroad (USA), Team Garmin-Cervйlo (USA), BMC Racing Team (USA), and Liquigas-Cannondale (Italy) to make one of the highest quality pelotons to ever start in the US.at the starting line in August.

The newly announced teams include some of the most exciting riders in the world, including Olympic gold medalist Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland), seasoned veteran Stuart O’Grady (Australia), and 2008 World Cycling Championships silver medalist Svein Tuft (Canada). In total, the Quiznos Pro Challenge will host as many as 128 professional cyclists from 16 teams for the 2011 competition with specific riders who will participate in the Quiznos Pro Challenge to be named in the coming months.

The Quiznos Pro Challenge is being billed as the most demanding professional bike race ever held in America, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes and nearly 600 mountain miles, for seven straight days. The inaugural race will take place August 22-28, and it is expected to be the largest spectator event ever held in Colorado. Should be great!

To keep in touch with the latest news and updates on the Quiznos Pro Challenge, visit www.quiznosprochallenge.com and follow the race on Twitter @qprochallenge or on Facebook.

What is Athlete Forward SuperCamp? Well it’s a 6-day performance cycling camp held during the Tour of California and sponsored by Athlete Forward and Sterling Sports Group that features a world class staff to give you the best camp possible. Included in the staff are 3 time Olympian Eric Wohlberg and Pez’s own Dr Stephen Cheung.

The fully-supported camp includes a picturesque 100 mile ride from Monterey to Morro Bay along Highway 1, nightly guest speakers, and a pre-ride of the Solvang TT course. We’ve got a house in Solvang, a mechanic and a chef for the week (plenty of home cooked meals!) and a slew of fun activities on tap.

This 6-day rolling tour of California brings together leaders in exercise physiology and coaching with five-star support for athletes interested in riding the cutting edge of training and race preparation to an experience beyond compare.

SuperCamp includes:
• 6-week Pre-Camp Training Plan to get you ready
• San Jose airport pick up (by 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17) and drop off (by 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22)
• 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners from our staff chef
• Luxury accommodations in Monterey and at Restoration Oaks Ranch in Solvang
• Biomechanical analysis, power testing, professional guides, and a gear bag with product from sponsors, and much more

Registration is handled online via Active.com or by phone calling 408.891.3462. To learn more about the camp, including itineraries, presenter bios and route maps visit the website .

PreFondo Fun In Vancouver
On Sunday, June 12th 2011, The Wedgewood Cycling Team presents its seventh annual road race on the streets of Vancouver. Returning to the scenic route surrounding Pacific Spirit Park near the University of British Columbia, the race will again be set against a spectacular backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountains and will attract racers from around the Pacific Northwest and Canada anxious to compete in one of Canada’s premier cycling events.

NEW for 2011 is the PreFondo Race/Ride which is sure to attract a great deal of interest for people preparing to ride one of the many GranFondo or Charity Rides this year.

“The PreFondo event is the perfect training for group riding on safe and closed roads,” explained Event Director Jonathan Wornell. “There are many great events that are encouraging new riders, some who may be intimidated by riding in a large group. We wanted to create something that would be accessible and which could be ridden with team mates, friends or family in preparation for the bigger events.” Registration for the PreFondo event will be have limited space available so riders are encouraged to sign up early. .

Masters B/C, Junior Men994.5 km
Men 3/4884.0 km
PreFondo (Men and Women together – no licence reqd)663.0 km
Elite Men (1, 2, or 3)12126.0 km
Elite Women (1, 2, or 3)884.0 km

For more info check out the Wedgewood Cycling Team’s website

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