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EuroTrash Monday!

Robbie McEwen has shown that you’re “never too old” to pull off a big win. Circuit Franco-Belge might be a sprint-fest, but it’s a hard race to win. We have the Marco Pantani Memorial race and some Tour of Beijing news, plus the Belgian Cross season kicks off in Kalmthout. The Giro fans have picked the Stelvio for the penultimate stage, too hard? See for yourself! Two video’s from Paul in Australia to finish off…thanks Paul!

Today’s EuroTrash is presented by Motorex USA. They’re Youtube page Youtube.com/user/MotorexUSA hosts a batch of vids that showcase their pretty complete line of bike lubes, cleaners and other products, with tips from pro team mechanics on why this stuff is good. Check out Team Kelly Benefits Strategies Optimum Health mechanic Bob Gregorio talking about how best to keep the chain lubricated…

”Top Story”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport are to rule on the case of American runner LaShawn Merritt who tested positive for the steroid DHEA on three occasions during the winter of 2009-2010. Later he admitted to taking the drug; Exten.Ze and was given an 18 month suspension, which is now over and he is free to compete. His gripe is that he is not permitted to compete in the Olympic Games where he won the 400 metres in the 2008 games. Convicted drug takers are not permitted to take part in any Olympic Games for the rest of their lives under the Olympic Charter; Merritt claims that he is being punished twice for the same offence.

OK, so what has this do with cycling? Well, British rider; David Millar is in a similar position in that he was caught by the French authorities in possession of syringes and admitted to the use of EPO during 2003 and was banned from June 2004. He is also banned from the Olympics under the same Olympic ruling as well as the GB Olympic Committee’s lifetime ban. This ruling could help Millar achieve his wish to ride the London 2012 Olympics.

My first though on the subject was; that if you take the admissions of both athletes as true, then I don’t see the similarity between taking EPO to win a World time trial Championships and taking Exten.Ze to enlarge your male organ and what that might be for!

Anyway, we will know what CAS think next week.

Circuit Franco-Belge/Tour de Wallonie-Picarde 2011
Stage 1 from Mouscron to Pйruwelz (179.6 km) was won by RadioShack’s “Old Man” Robbie McEwen from young fast-man; Adam Blyth (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Rudiger Selig (Leopard-Trek) in, as you would expect, a bunch sprint. There had been a three man break earlier in the stage that, at one time, had a 6 minute lead. They pulled back near the end of the stage to set things up for the bunch to do its thing. McEwen took the first overall leaders jersey.

Circuit Franco-Belge/Tour de Wallonie-Picarde Stage 1 Result:
1. Robbie McEwen (Aus) RadioShack in 4:03:18
2. Adam Blythe (GB) Omega Pharma-Lotto
3. Rudiger Selig (Ger) Leopard-Trek
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ
5. Michaлl Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
6. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo
7. Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
8. Russell Downing (GB) Sky
9. Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
10. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick-Step.

Here is the link to stage 1 highlights from notele.be.

Sky’s Chris Sutton won the Stage 2 sprint from Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) and the silver medalist in the World U23 road race; Adrien Petit (Cofidis). There had been a 9 man break, but it was never allowed to get very far away. There were some attacks on the last climb of the day, the Mont Rouge, these came to nothing. Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) held the race lead.

Circuit Franco-Belge/Tour de Wallonie-Picarde Stage 2 Result:
1. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky in 3:27:12
2. Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
3. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
4. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FdJ
5. Russell Downing (GB) Sky
6. Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank-Sungard
7. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ
8. Michaлl Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
9. Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard-Trek
10. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo.

Circuit Franco-Belge/Tour de Wallonie-Picarde Overall After Stage 2:
1. Robbie McEwen (Aus) RadioShack in 7:30:20
2. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky
3. Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 0:04
4. Adam Blythe (GB) Omega Pharma-Lotto
5. Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil-Shimano
6. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis at 0:06
7. Rudiger Selig (Ger) Leopard-Trek
8. Kjell Carlstrцm (Fin) Sky
9. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky at 0:07
10. Rony Martias (Fra) Saur-Sojasun.

Here is the link to stage 2 highlights from notele.be.

Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) won Stage 3 from Anoing to Ichtegem in another bunch sprint, he also took the overall lead from Robbie McEwen (RadioShack). A group of five riders had been away for nearly the whole stage; Alessandro Ballan (BMC), Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini-Neri), William Clarke (Leopard-Trek), Ronan Van Zandbeek (Skil-Shimano) and Sebastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet) were caught with just over 10 kilometres before the end of the 153 kilometre stage, Veelers got the better of all the other fast men to take the honours.

Circuit Franco-Belge/Tour de Wallonie-Picarde Stage 3 Result:
1. Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano in 3:21:17
2. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky
3. Sйbastien Chavanel (Fra) Europcar
4. Robbie Mcewen (Aus) RadioShack
5. Rudiger Selig (Ger) Leopard-Trek
6. Adam Blyth (GB) Omega Pharma-Lotto
7. Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
8. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
9. Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team
10. Michaлl Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator.

Circuit Franco-Belge/Tour de Wallonie-Picarde Overall After Stage 3:
1. Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano in 10:51:31
2. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky
3. Robbie Mcewen (Aus) RadioShack at 0:05
4. Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil-Shimano
5. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky at 0:10
6. Adam Blyth (GB) Omega Pharma-Lotto
7. Rudiger Selig (Ger) Leopard-Trek at 0:12
8. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
9. Sйbastien Chavanel (Fra) Europcar
10. Rony Martias (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:13.

The “Old Man” of the sprint world; Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) showed he still has what it needs when it comes to fast finishing. He had been watching both Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) in his leaders jersey and Chris Sutton (Sky) in second overall on Stage 4, the final stage. In the sprint it was his countryman; Sutton who jumped first as they came to the finish line in Tournai, McEwen got on his wheel and powered past him for the stage and final overall. After the finish McEwen told the RadioShack web-site: “This was not expected today! This was a hard stage with seven climbs of the Col de la Croix de Jubaru. Despite the heat I felt good today and actually felt better and better as the stage went on. I knew that I could take the overall victory by winning the stage and when Veelers or Sutton were not in the top three. And that’s what happened. To be honest, this was an easy sprint for me. I choose the right wheel, that of Sutton and could easily pass him. This proves I’m still there in cycling.”

Circuit Franco-Belge/Tour de Wallonie-Picarde Stage 4 Result:
1. Robbie McEwen (Aus) RadioShack in 3:52:18
2. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli
3. Sйbastien Chavanel (Fra) Europcar
4. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky
5. Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Veranda’s Willems-Accent
6. Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
7. Rony Martias (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
8. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC
9. Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky
10. Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard-Trek.

You can see the final sprint of stage 4 here on sporza.be.

Circuit Franco-Belge/Tour de Wallonie-Picarde Final Overall:
1. Robbie McEwen (Aus) RadioShack in 14:43:44
2. Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 0:05
3. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky
4. Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 0:10
5. Sйbastien Chavanel (Fra) Europcar at 0:13
6. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky
7. Adam Blythe (GB) Omega Pharma-Lotto at 0:15
8. Rudiger Selig (Ger) Leopard-Trek at 0:17
9. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
10. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator.

And the podium here on sporza.be.

Memorial Marco Pantani 2011
At the end of the 183 kilometre Memorial Marco Pantani in Cesenatico, Fabio Taborre (Acqua & Sapone) out sprinted Davide Rebellin (Miche-Guerciotti) and Young Irishman, Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo). After many early breaks, the race came down to the last climb before the drop down to the finish in the home town of Pantani. Fifteen riders, including Taborre, they were joined by twelve others, including Vuelta winner; Cobo, for the finale. Taborre had two team mates with him for the lead out and managed to hold off Rebellin and Martin for his second win of the season.

Memorial Marco Pantani Result:
1. Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone in 4:25:31
2. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Miche-Guerciotti
3. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Cervйlo
4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli
5. Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa-Ceramica Flaminia
6. Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa-Ceramica Flaminia
7. Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMC
8. Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-C.I.P.I.
9. Juan Josй Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC
10. Miguel Бngel Rubiano Chбvez (Col) D’Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo.

Kalmthout Cyclo-Cross
Belgian Cross Champion; Niels Alberts (BKCP) won the first big Cyclo-Cross of the season; the Vlaamse Industrieprijs Bosduin in Kalmthout, Belgium on a warm and sunny day. Come-back man Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) finished second ahead of team mate Tom Meeusen who out sprinted French National Champion Francis Mourey (FdJ). Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) crashed on the last lap and only finished 6th bringing an end to his run of six Kalmthout victories.

Vlaamse Industrieprijs Bosduin Cyclo-Cross Result:
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 1:02:50
2. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:13
3. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:22
4. Francis Mourey (Fra) FdJ
5. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet at 0:37
6. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet at 0:43
7. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:46
8. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant
9. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:54
10. Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:13.

Killer Penultimate Stage at Giro d’Italia 2012
Race director; Michele Acquarone has announced that the last but one stage of next year’s Giro d’Italia will cross the Mortirolo and then finish on the summit of the 2,757 metre Stelvio. Acquarone pointed out that; “fans picked the Stelvio and the Mortirolo among 32 ascents that have made the history of cycling. There were thousands of votes, with a tie that did not allow further discussion. With a huge organizational effort, the Giro d’Italia managed to include both the legendary climbs in the route of what will be the “GIRO 2012 FAN STAGE” and, most probably, the stage where the next edition of the Corsa Rosa will find its winner.” The 218 kilometre stage will start in Caldes, then the Tonale followed by the Aprica and the Teglio da Bianzone before heading up the Mortirolo and the murderous finish of the Stelvio.

Here is some video of the Stelvio:

And the last time the race finished here in 1975:

Transfer News:

Brajkovic to Astana
After some strange reports of what was happening with Janez Brajkovic it has now been confirmed, by the rider himself, that he will be riding for Astana for the next two years. When the merge/buy out of RadioShack/Leopard was announced, Brajkovic was not mentioned and there were rumours of his contract being sold to other teams. Well now we know his future.

Machado to RadioShack-Nissan-Trek
Tiago Machado will be staying with his present team, although how much like that team it will be we don’t know! He already had a contract with the old regime for 2012, but it will be honoured by the new team set-up. He has been with Johan Bruyneel since 2010.

Cummings to BMC
Steve Cummings is off from Sky to join the BMC super team and big names like; Cadel Evans, Philippe Gilbert and Thor Hushovd. He is a strong man against the clock and a good team rider; he has been a pro since 2005.

Next Rider to GreenEdge
Aidis Kruopis is the next “new recruit” for the new Australian team; GreenEdge. The Lithuanian rode successfully this, his first year, with Landbouwkrediet and had a couple of wins, particularly a stage of the Tour of Belgium. Next year he is expecting big things working with more experienced riders, like Robbie McEwen and Matt Goss.

Tour of Beijing (China), 05-09/10/11
05.10.11-Prologue: Bird’s Nest Piazza-Water Cube, Olympic Campus-11.3 km.
06.10.11-Stage 1: Bird’s Nest Piazza-Men Tau Gou-133.5 km.
07.10.11-Stage 2: Men Tau Gou-Yong Ning-162.0 km
08.10.11-Stage 3: Yanqing Gui Chuan Square-Shunyi Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre-189.5 km.
09.10.11-Stage 4: Tian An Men Square-Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium-118.0 km.

Race Website: www.tourofbeijing.net.

Quick-Step to Tour of Beijing
Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the squad which will take part in the first edition of the Tour of Beijing, which is part of the World Tour calendar this year.

“The race route contains two fractions that are suited to sprinters, two challenging stages that will give a definite shape to the race, and a time trial which will definitely be atypical, considering that, due to logistic reasons that have to do with air transport, on the 13.5 kilometres of the course the riders will not be using time trial – specific bikes,” explains the manager of transfers, Sports Director Davide Bramati to the Quick-Step web-site. “Overall the race will take place on a balanced route which will touch on some very particular locations. For the riders and supporting personnel it will definitely be a new and unusual experience. Our squad is competitive and contains athletes capable of leaving their mark, both in the stages suited to sprinters and the more complicated stages. It’s a young team, but this is also why they are eager to show their worth in one of the last races of the season.”

Marco Bandiera (ITA)
Dario Cataldo (ITA)
Francesco Chicchi (ITA)
Iljo Keisse (BEL)
Francesco Reda (ITA)
Niki Terpstra (NED)
Matteo Trentin (ITA)
Kristof Vandewalle (BEL)
Sports Director Davide Bramati (ITA).

RadioShack Team in Beijing
Jani Brajkovic,
Philip Deignan,
Markel Irizar,
Ben King,
Tiago Machado,
Dmitriy Muravyev,
Nelson Oliveira,
Haimar Zubeldia.
Directors: Viatcheslav Ekimov & Josй Azevedo.

Rabobank Team for Beijing
Lars Boom,
Steve Clement,
Jos Van Emden,
Dennis van Winden,
Theo Bos,
Paul Martens,
Juan Manuel Garate,
Luis Leon Sanchez.

Saxo Bank-Sungard for Beijing
Nick Nuyens,
Juan Josй Haedo,
Lucas Sebastian Haedo,
Luke Roberts,
Michael Mшrkшv,
Chris Anker Sшrensen,
Jonas Aaen Jшrgensen,
David Tanner.

RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2011 Only Weeks Away
Register now to ride along iconic Las Vegas Strip
LAS VEGAS – Fabulous Las Vegas is again calling cycling enthusiasts across the country to register now to join the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) for RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.

Space is limited and online registration closes on Oct. 12. Riders interested in participating should register now at www.vivabikevegas.com.

This year, all riders will have the unique opportunity to begin their bike ride under the bright lights of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip with a police escort.

The fourth annual cycling event, presented by Vector Media, will feature three spectacular routes for cyclists of all skill levels, including a 103-mile century ride as well as 60-mile and 17-mile routes.

Century riders will travel from the Las Vegas Strip to the vistas of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the scenic trails near Lake Mead National Park. Both the 60-mile and century rides will also include the scenic Redo Rock Loop for the first time.

After the ride, cyclists and spectators can relax with live entertainment, cheer on returning riders, and share stories about the ride at the RTC Viva Bike Vegas Beer Garden sponsored by Miller’s Ale House and Bonanza Beverage. The beer garden to be held at Town Square will be open to anyone 21 years of age and older, and proceeds from it will benefit After-School All-Stars Las Vegas.

The RTC has partnered with Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and Staybridge Suites Las Vegas which will provide cyclists with discounted room rates. Cyclists should register today and can book their room online at www.vivabikevegas.com, saving time and money on their Las Vegas trip.

Proceeds from RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2011 will benefit three local charities: Nevada Cancer Institute, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas and Nevada Child Seekers.

The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning agency and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use alternate commute modes to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.

Here’s a Great Bike Race!
My friend in Australia; Paul Mark, who is @pmark1bike on Twitter, found this great bit of bike race action, thanks Paul.

This also from Paul:

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