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EuroTrash Monday!

A very full EuroTrash with loads of racing all over the place! You can catch up with all the action from Beijing, France and Italy, with videos. Paris-Tours was a good race, but race of the weekend, I would say, was the Giro dell’Emilia, attack after attack and a worthy winner. More Transfer news and Vino makes his come-back soon. Lots to see in EuroTrash Monday!

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Tour of Beijing 2011
Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) won the sprint in Men Tou Gou taking Stage 2 of the Beijing Tour. There had been a break of four riders who had a maximum lead of nearly 3 minutes after 40 kilometres, the four were: Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack), Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) and a local rider, Jiang Kun of the National Chinese Team. Tony Martin put his HTC-Highroad Team on the front of the peloton and brought it all back together after 100 kilometres for the sprint. Martin kept the overall.

Tour of Beijing Stage 2 Result:
1. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo in 3:03:30
2. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha
3. Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank
4. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick-Step
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC
6. Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
7. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky
8. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard-Trek
9. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-ISD
10. Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar.

Tour of Beijing Overall after Stage 2:
1. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad in 3:17:03
2. David Millar (GB) Team Garmin-Cervelo at 0:17
3. Alex Dowsett (GB) Sky at 0:24
4. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:26
5. Stephen Cummings (GB) Sky at 0:35
6. Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto at 0:39
7. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank at 0:41
8. Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La mondiale at 0:43
9. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
10. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick-Step.

Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) beat fellow Irishman; Philip Deignan (RadioShack) and Chris Froome (Sky) in Stage 3 to Yong Ning Town after 162 kilometres on the hardest stage of the Tour of Beijing. Deignan attacked on the last climb and was first joined by Froome and then Roche, 15 kilometres from the finish. It looked like the three would be caught on the run-in, but with hard work they stayed just ahead of the bunch at the line. Tony Martin kept the overall lead, but Alex Dowsett (Sky) lost time and third overall place.

Tour of Beijing Stage 3 Result:
1. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r-La Mondiale in 3:53:15
2. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack
3. Christopher Froome (Gbr) Sky at 0:01
4. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
5. Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank-Sungard
6. Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
7. Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar
8. Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana
9. Michael Barry (Can) Sky
10. Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank-Sungard

Tour of Beijing Overall after Stage 3:
1. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad in 7:10:19
2. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Cervelo at 0:17
3. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:26
4. Stephen Cummings (GB) Sky at 0:35
5. Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto at 0:39
6. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank at 0:41
7. Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La mondiale at 0:43
8. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
9. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick-Step
10. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step at 0:46.

Stage 4 was a Liquigas-Cannondale 1-2, with Elia Viviani winning the stage from team mate Peter Sagan. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD), Tiago Machado (RadioShack), Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step), Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM), Wang Meiyin (Chinese National Team) and Julien Berard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) broke away to gain 5 minutes at one point, they were caught with 10 kilometres before the finish in the Shunyi Olympic Rowing Centre. Liquigas set up the sprint with first with Davide Cimolai and then Sagan for the Viviani win. Tony Martin held on to the overall lead, Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) took over the points jersey and Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) kept the Mountains jersey.

Tour of Beijing Stage 4 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale in 4:09:08
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
3. Juan Josй Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank-Sungard
4. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha
5. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC
7. Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad
8. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-ISD
9. Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar
10. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo.

Tour of Beijing Overall after Stage 4:
1. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad in 11:19:27
2. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Cervelo at 0:17
3. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:26
4. Stephen Cummings (GB) Sky at 0:35
5. Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto at 0:39
6. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank at 0:41
7. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:43
8. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
9. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick-Step
10. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step at 0:46.

Here is a Link to the Stage 4 finish on Eurosport.

The Final Stage 5 was another sprint finish and points leader; Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) took the stage and protected his points jersey. Tony Martin had no problems holding on to the overall over the thirteen laps of the eight kilometers circuit, even though Alexandr Pliuschin (Katusha), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Francesco Reda (Quick-Step) had a gap of over 2 minutes at one point, they were reeled back with one lap to go. The sprinters took over and Galimzyanov showed J. J. Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) and Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) that he would not let his nearest rivals for the points prize get near him without a battle. So the first Tour of Beijing is over; Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) led from start to finish and apart from the occasional bit of action it was a fairly dull affair…especially for a WorldTour event! One wonders how much interest the average man in the Beijing street had for the race?

Tour of Beijing Stage 5 Result:
1. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha in 2:19:44
2. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank-Sungard
3. Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
4. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step
5. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Team Sky
6. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick-Step
7. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Cervйlo
8. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard-Trek
9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC
10. Sйbastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale.

Tour of Beijing Final Overall:
1. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad in 13:39:11
2. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Cervelo at 0:17
3. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:26
4. Steven Cummings (GB) Sky at 0:35
5. Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto at 0:39
6. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank at 0:41
7. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale 0:43
8. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
9. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick-Step
10. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step at 0:46.

Here is a Link to the Stage 5 finish on Sporza.

Paris-Tours 2011
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) won the “Sprinters” Classic from a two-man break that had escaped from a leading group. The finalй of the race was made up of various groups in echelon, with crossing or being dropped. The sprinters were stuck in the main peloton; new World Champ, Cavendish (HTC-Highroad), Freire (Rabobank), Petacchi (Lampre) and a very vociferous Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) could not get a chase organized as no one wanted to take them to the finish. A big attack from Arnaud Gerard (FdJ) looked good until Van Avermaet and Marco Mercato (Vacansoleil-DCM) caught and passed him and keep a gap to the finish. Van Avermaet outsprinted Mercato who looked to be cramping up in the last meters.

At the finish Van Avermaet had this to say: “I’m really good at sprinting after a long hard race and so is he … but in the end I was stronger. I was happy he was working very well in the end. We decided to go full out to the finish and then see who was the fastest in the sprint.” BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he hatched a plan to spilt the race in the crosswinds just after the feed zone (115 km to go). “When I passed the feed zone and saw the soigneur with all seven musettes still in his hands, I said to our mechanic that it was a good sign that we were all going for it,” Lelangue said. “We had our entire team in the first group of 50 and from then on we were going in all the counters and all the groups and Greg was in a good one. It was a good way to finish the classics season.” So NOT a “Sprinters” Classic in the end!

Paris-Tours Result:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC in 5:21:43
2. Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:02
3. Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank-Sungard at 0:15
4. Ian Stannard (GB) Sky
5. Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1-Sanofi
6. Mickaлl Delage (Fra) FdJ at 0:22
7. Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) RadioShack
8. Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Leopard-Trek
9. Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
10. Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FdJ.

Here is a link to the finalи of Paris-Tours on Sporza.

Paris-Bourges 2011
The podium at Paris-Bourges was a Commonwealth affair with winner Mathew Hayman (Sky), Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank-Sungard) in second; both from Australia and Greg Henderson (Sky) from New Zeeland in third place. A group of 14 riders, including Hayman, broke away early and were chased down by a fragmented bunch. The weather played a big part as it was blowing a gale with heavy rain. The groups started to came together as the finish came closer. At the line 20 or so riders sprinted it out with Hayman coming good, he told his teams web-site (teamsky.com); “I was leading into the last 400 metres and managed a good sprint,” Hayman said on teamsky.com. “I’d seen that the guys behind were lining up so I just went and Baden Cooke got alongside me but couldn’t quite get over me and Greg was finishing very fast on the outside but the line came quicker.”

Paris-Bourges Result:
1. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky in 4:30:29
2. Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank-Sungard
3. Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky
4. John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad
5. Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
6. Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing
7. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
8. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM
9. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis
10. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky.

Coppa Sabatini, GP cittа di Peccioli 2011
Young Italian rider; Enrico Battaglin (Colnago CSF-Inox) won the Coppa Sabatini from “Old Stager” Davide Rebellin (Miche-Guerciotti) in a big bunch finish. Italian Champion and Top sprinter Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) was odds on for the win in Peccioli after 200 kilometres, but he started his sprint far too early and was swept up by the other fast men. A break of three animated the early action, they were caught as the race hit the finishing circuit and Sky’s Rigoberto Uran took off for a solo win. His big mistake was that he miss counted the laps and thought he had won a lap early. After that it was down to the sprint where the young Battaglin came good.

Coppa Sabatini, GP cittа di Peccioli Result:
1. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox in 4:55:06
2. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Miche-Guerciotti
3. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli
5. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky
6. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky
7. Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche-Guerciotti
8. David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC
9. Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox at 0:06.

Giro dell’Emilia 2011
Saturday’s Giro dell’Emilia was a great day for the Columbians, Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) thought it was his day, but hadn’t realized that Carlos Betancur (Acqua & Sapone) had already won the race, and another Colombian; Rigoberto Uran (Sky) finished in third place. Stefan Denifl (Leopard Trek), Davide Ricci Bitti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli), Sergio Laganа (De Rosa-Ceramica Flaminia), Luca Solari (Androni Giocattoli) and Alexander Zdanov (D’Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo) had a gap of nearly 9 minutes after 50 kilometres, but when the race hit the finishing circuit, Liquigas started to chase hard and the break was over. Next to try was Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago-CSF), he rode a lap of the 10 kilometres circuit alone before being joined by Robert Kiserlovski (Astana), Carlos Betancur (Acqua & Sapone) and Oliver Zaugg (Leopard Trek). On the last lap the lead fell apart leaving Betancur and Zugg off the front until Zugg faltered on the last climb to the finish. Betancur took the solo win in front of, at first happy, and then a disappointed Mollema.

Giro dell’Emilia Result:
1. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone in 5:05:05
2. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 0:24
3. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky
4. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Miche-Guerciotti
5. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-ISD
6. Joaquнm Rodrнguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 0:28
7. Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli at 0:31
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox
9. Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard-Trek at 0:33
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:39.

And still more Transfer News:

Horner stays with RadioShack
After some confusion over the future of Chris Horner it is now certain that he will ride for the new RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, ex-Leopard set-up next year. At the time of the merge/take over, Horner didn’t know what his position would be with the team and now will be racing for the next two years with the Bruyneel managed team.

Kroon to Saxo Bank-Sungard
Karsten Kroon is on his way from the BMC team to rejoin Saxo Bank-Sungard where he rode for three years up to 2009. He has had two crash ridden years with BMC and is pleased to be returning to the team he was happiest at. He told the : “For me this is a return to the team where I had the greatest years of my career, and I am really looking forward to the next years.” Saxo Bank-Sungard now have a strong Classics team with Kroon and Tour of Flanders winner Nick Nuyens on board.

Sivtsov to Sky
Ex-HTC-Highroad rider; Kanstantsin Sivtsov will be riding for the Sky team next year. The 29 year-old Belarusian turned Pro after he won the 2004 Worlds Under 23 road race and has been riding for the different Highroad teams since 2008. A Giro d’Italia stage winner and a top 10 finisher in the Italian race put him in a good position for leadership or at least a prominent role in the team.

Haedo Brothers stay with Saxo Bank-Sungard
Juan Jose and Lucas Sebastian Haedo have resigned for another year with their present team; Saxo Bank-Sungard. Team manager/owner Bjarne Riis has shown confidence in the two Argentinean riders and said that the team; “has every reason to believe that the Haedo brothers will add victories to our palmares next year”.

Hayman & Sutton stay at Sky
Two Australian riders who are not going to GreenEdge are Mathew Hayman and Chris Sutton who will be staying with the Sky Team for 2012. Both have a good kick when it comes to a sprint, Hayman has just won Paris-Bourges from a big group and Sutton has a Vuelta stage win under his belt. Depending on the Cavendish/Sky situation, both riders could be good lead-out men or sprinters in their own right.

Vacansoleil to ride Bianchi
The Dutch team; Vacansoleil-DCM will be astride Bianchi bikes next two years. With the bike manufacturer; Ridley becoming co-sponsor of the newish Lotto-Ridley team, Vacansoleil have signed a deal to be riding Bianchi Oltre frames for 2012 and 2013.

Vino for Chrono des Nations
Alexandre Vinokourov will be making his (second) comeback at the Chrono des Nations and not the Giro di Lombardia as first announced. He feels that the Il Lombardia is a bit soon after his crash in the Tour de France where he fractured a femur and has only been training for one month.

And the crash:

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