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Now there was me thinking the “Off Season” would be quiet! Cyclo-cross and track news, what’s happening at the Tour, Team Type 1, Philippe Gilbert, Vino, World Champs…the list goes on! My “Top Story” concerns what is going on with Women’s cycle sport? I finish off with a very important medical warning for the winter…Manflu!

“Top Story”

Not Much Money for the Garmin Women’s Team!
Last week it appeared that the Slipstream Sports Company, that administers the Garmin-Cervelo teams, would have to make cuts to the women’s team for 2012 due to a lack of money. The shortfall in funds is being blamed on the deal between Slipstream and the French building supply company; BigMat. BigMat will be a co-sponsor of the FdJ team next year and will be contributing a figure of around 2 Million Euro’s a year, this would have funded the Garmin-Cervelo woman’s team had the deal gone through. General Manager; Jonathan Vaughters has said that the team have had to make budget cuts for the men’s team also.

Vaughters has been receiving a fair bit of flack from his followers on Twitter because they feel that he has let the riders down and that his “excuse” of the BigMat deal is not good enough. Let’s look at some other teams (possibly with more money); BMC, Saxo Bank, Quick-Step, Movistar, etc. these teams don’t have a woman’s team; they have development teams connected to them, but nothing for the women.

Also Sky, Katusha, Astana and GreenEdge don’t have women’s teams, but they are aligned to their countries Cycling Federations and in a different way they do have development squads and there will be some spill over into helping the women of Britain, Russia, Kazakhstan and Australia, but no all year round woman’s team.

Many of the top women cyclists have recently been quite vociferous about the rights of women cyclists and the low or non-excitant wages, but they did have something, there are teams and races for the women, but how long can that go on? The World’s economy is in crisis, will it be the women’s branch of the sport that suffers?

Here are the highlights of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup 2011:

UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Koksijde 2011
Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) ripped the field apart on the sandy sections of the quite hilly Koksijde course on Saturday afternoon. The two Belgians took World Champion; Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) and Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant) with them, but with more attacks on the sand in the second half of the race and as usual in sandy conditions; Stybar was in trouble. Aernouts made the mistake of being behind Stybar and lost the wheels of the Nys/Pauwels tandem, but made a good effort to pull back some time, leaving Stybar trailing. The race came down to a sprint between Nys and Pauwels, with a sharp corner and a short section of tarmac before the line. Nys led out into the corner and was a little too fast and nearly hit the barrier. Pauwels was on his wheel and claimed he was moving up next to Nys when Nys changed from the left side of the road to the right. Pauwels was not happy as he felt that he had been switched, whilst Nys said he was in front and it wouldn’t have made any difference. Pauwels has 220 points, Nys 215 points and Stybar has 195 in the UCI World Cup. This is the course of the World Championships in January and looking at the way Stybar rode I would guess we will have a new World Champion.

UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Koksijde Result:
1. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet in 1:03:18
2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:01
3. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant at 0:06
4. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step at 0:45
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:51
6. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:57
7. Francis Mourey (Fra) FdJ at 1:08
8. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:32
9. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet at 2:00
10. Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat-Auber’93 at 2:34.

Here is the Koksijde race on Sporza.

Superprestige – Gieten 2011
Sunday saw Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) take his second win of the weekend in front of Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor), this time without any problems with the sprint! Nys put the pressure on with two laps to go, Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) nearly got across to them, but had to be content with third. Sven Nys was the strongest man in the race and only Pauwels was on the same form, again. The sprint was clean as Nys rode straight down the middle and Pauwels couldn’t get past. Nys has 65 points to Pauwels 59 in the Superprestige series.

Superprestige – Gieten Result:
1. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet in 1:01:12
2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
3. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:06
4. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:16
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:18
6. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step at 0:22
7. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant at 0:56
8. Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:14
9. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:21
10. Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink/Leontien.nl at 1:23.

Here is the link to the race on VT4.

Philippe Gilbert on the Boards
As if the Gent “6 Days” needed any more excitement, the organizers had arranged for World No. 1 Philippe Gilbert to take on Omega Pharma-Lotto team-mate Jurgen Roelandts in a pursuit on Saturday evening. Gilbert was also promoting his new book “Mijn droomjaar” (My dream year) and to say goodbye to some of his soon to be ex-team mates.

Here is the battle between Gilbert and Roelandts and Gilbert’s good byes on Sporza.

Gent “6 Days”
With the abcence of the home star; Iljo Keisse it was down to Kenny De Ketele to keep the Belgian fans happy. De Ketele was parnered with the German Robert Bartko and although they were down on points to Peter Schep and Wim Stoetinga thay did have a lap in hand. Stay PEZ for more “Gent 6” action for out man in the pits; Ed Hood.

Gent “6 Days” Result:
1. Robert Bartko (Ger) / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Mercator verzekeringen 346pts
2. Peter Schep / Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Mega Doe-het-zelf Deschacht – John Saey 352 (at 1 lap)
3. Morgan Kneisky (Fra) / Marc Hester (Den) ADMB 339
4. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Lotto 280
5. Franco Marvulli (Swi) / Christian Grasmann (Ger) Callant – Santens 372 (at 2 laps)
6. Danny Stam (Ned) / Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 228
7. Claudio Imhof / Silvan Dillier (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales 288 (at 5 laps)
8. Luke Roberts / Glenn O’Shea (Aus) Caruur 188 (at 8 laps)
9. Steven Deneef (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Aut) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen 119
10. Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) / Leon Van Bon (Ned) VDK 156.

2013 Tour de France will Start in Corsica
The 100th Tour de France in 2013 will start from the French island of Corsica along with two road stages. The details were released by the local Corsican newspaper Corse Matin and has been confirmed by race organizer ASO. This is the first time the race has ever taken place on the island as mainland France has had a strained relationship with the island over the years, particularly in 1972 when it was felt by the Corsicans people that the French government did not do enough for the island after toxic waste was dumped off the coast. There has also been political bombings and assassinations against the French government from Corsican independence groups. Anyway, got side tracked there, the official announcement will be on the 6th of December in the Hфtel de Rйgion, Ajaccio, Corsica.

Some Retro from 1962, stage 1 from Nancy to Spa:

FdJ Team up with Big Mat
The French lottery sponsored FdJ team will be joined by the building supply company Big Mat for next year and possibly longer, the deal is worth 2 million Euro’s a year. Big Mat has been involved with cycling since 1993 and sponsoring the Auber 93 region of France since 1997, competing in the Tour de France in 2002. Originally the Garmin team was in negotiations with Big Mat, but this fell through, although it seems to make sense that the French company backs a French team.

More Retro; the Tour de France in the Pyrйnйes: Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin, Col de Peyresourde, Col d’Aubisque…

Team Type 1 for 2012
The diabetic team based in the US has signed six new riders to form a very international roster boasting 23 riders from 11 different countries. The new riders are: Julien El Fares and Remy Cusin both from Cofidis, Julien Antomarchi (Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille), Daniele Colli (Geox-TMC), Vegard Stake Laengen (Joker Merida), Georg Preidler (Team Tyrol). It is unsure what Valery Kobzarenko, Andrea Grendene, Vladimir Efimkin and Alexey Shmidt will be doing next year as they have not been included on the team list. As Martijn Verschoor is training in my area of Spain (as usual), it’s hoped that we will be able to catch up on his 2011 season with coffee and maybe a cake?

Team Type 1-Sanofi 2012 Roster:
Julien Antomarchi (Fra),
Remy Cusin (Fra),
Danielle Colli (Ita),
Julien El Fares (Fra),
Filippo Fortin (Ita),
Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor),
Georg Preidler (Aut),
Joey Rosskopf (USA),
Alexander Serebrykov (Rus),
Alessandro Bazzana (Ita),
Rubens Bertogliati (Swi),
Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra),
Alex Bowden (USA),
Fabio Calabria (Aus),
Danielle Callegarin (Ita),
William Dugan (USA),
Aleksander Efimkin (Rus),
Charles Joe Eldridge (USA),
Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo),
Jure Kocjan (Slo),
Javier Megias Leal (Spa),
Kiel Reijnen (USA),
Martijn Verschoor (Ned),

Vassili Davidenko (General Manager),
Massimo Podenzana,
Jack Seehafer,
Frederic Moncassin.

Astana Train in Spain!
The Astana team will be back in Calpe on the Costa Blanca, Spain from the 2nd of December for a good block of training, hopefully in the warm sunshine. Before they arrive in Spain the team will have some days in the Italian spa town of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany.

This is the Astana team training on my local roads:

Vino for President?
No not the president of the Astana cycling project or the Kazakh Cycling Federation or the UCI, but of the country of Kazakhstan! Alexandre Vinokourov has been listed by the ruling political party for the next parliamentary elections in January next year. Vinokourov was listed amongst singers, artists and other sportsmen and women for the elections, he wants to concentrate on cycling until the Olympic Games in London and then after that he is looking forward to a political career.

Vino made his comeback in the Chrono des Nations 2011:

Worlds Champions Fined
Mark Cavendish and Tony Martin both received a 5,000 Swiss franc fine for the design of their championship jerseys. The HTC-Highroad team paid the fines because the World jersey design had not been submitted to the UCI for approval in time and Cavendish rode Paris-Tours on the 9th of October, the design was sent to the governing body on the evening of the 10th which was too late and that the design did not comply with the regulations.

Not these World Championships, this is the 6th Brompton World Championship, held on Sunday 21st August, in glorious sunshine; for the fourth year in a row it was held as part of the Breast Cancer Care Bike Blenheim Palace Festival of Cycling.

End of the Road for Mosquera?
Ezequiel Mosquera has not raced since he finished second to Vincenzo Nibali in the 2010 Vuelta a Espaсa due to hydroxyethyl being found in his system in a drug test. He has been given a two year ban which will start from now even though he has not turned a pedal in anger since that Vuelta. The 36 year-old is contemplating retirement, his team, Vacansoleil, will probably end their contract now that his case has been dealt with, he can take the case to the Court of Arbitration and has suggested he might take it to the Spanish Courts.

Ezequiel Mosquera in better times:

No Prison Time for Giove!
Ex-mountain biker; Missy Giove will not be “doing time” for her drug trafficking conviction. She was arrested in June 2008 for transporting 350 pounds of marijuana across America, the prosecutors were pushing for a 2 year prison sentence, but she was handed down a sentence of 5 years probation and 6 months house arrest. The ex-downhill World champion is said to have claimed poverty for the reason for her actions.

A first for EuroTrash; downhill action on PEZ!

Stan’s NoTubes/AXA Equitable Cycling Team announces 2012 season
Press Release: The Stan’s NoTubes/AXA Equitable Cycling Team, based out of New York City, is set to hit the road with another strong roster. The first exclusively tubeless road team finished the 2011 season with Clayton Barrows in second place in the USACrits series and as the top ranked amateur criterium rider in America. In 2012, the team aims to build on its five year history with success in the USACrits Championship Series along with The Great American Cycling Series and targeted NRC events.

The 2012 Stan’s NoTubes/AXA Equitable Cycling Team roster:
Clayton Barrows (USA)
James Stevens (AUS)
Christopher Hurst (USA)
Jonathan Cochrane (USA)
John Loehner (USA)
Brian Hill (USA)
Mike Margarite (USA)
Stephan Kincaid (USA)
Nick Freisen (CAN)
Micah Engle (USA)
Karl Rahn (USA)
Ryan Mele (USA)
Joe Whitman (USA)
Daniel Zmolik (CZE)
Mark Prutton (NZL)
Kevin Molloy (USA)

While putting the final touches on the race program and roster, Director Mike Sherry said, “We have a very strong team and an even better tuned program this coming season. We made a lot of changes last year in how we ran the team and we ultimately exceeded our goals.” Sherry described some of their plans for the upcoming season. “In 2011 we focused on the USACrits series individual standings with Barrows, in 2012 we will rely on a returning core group of riders and some new recruits to target more NRC road and stage race events in addition to the USACrits series.”

The main difference between the last two seasons was the wheels provided by Stan’s NoTubes and Hutchinson tires. The team ran Stan’s sealant and conversion kits on team wheels in 2010 and many of the riders credited their successful racing to the lack of punctures in unforgiving race situations. The 2012 squad will be racing on NoTubes Alpha 340 Pro wheelsets; weighing in at a mere 1255 grams. The wheels will feature the latest NoTubes valve/sealant system and Hutchinson tires.

“We are incredibly excited to build on our continued support from AXA Equitable, a leading financial protection company and a premier provider of life insurance, annuity and investment products and services,” said Sherry. “AXA has been incredibly enthusiastic about American cycling and ultimately got us where we are today.”

Hincapie Sports will be supplying clothing and will help deliver a more stylishly outfitted team. In addition, they will continue riding Cannondale bikes, wearing Rudy Project helmets and glasses, and using Sportique Active Body and Skincare products. The fitness programming and testing will be conducted by Performance Labs HC, a leading New York-based training and bike fit company.

For more information on the team visit teamnotubes.com Follow them on Twitter or find them on Facebook.

Times They Are A Changing

Press Release: After 7 years of Cyclefilm, it’s time to slowly say good-bye to the DVD in favour of Digital Downloads.

I’m liquidating the current DVD inventory and will make the entire Cyclefilm Library available as Digital Downloads as of 2012. Upcoming titles like the
ROADS TO GLORY – Indoor Training Series
will be launched as Downloads and Limited Edition DVDs for collectors.

For all you DVD nostalgics, now’s your time to act.
Stock up for those cold Winter months of indoor training to keep you entertained.
Oh, and it’s Christmas soon. Need a present?

Winter Draws On!
Here in the northern hemisphere it’s starting to get cold, wet, windy and dark, that’s the time of year when colds and flu’s start to mess with our cycling. Men have the worst of it, Manflu is a reality that must not be ignored, take a look at this sad story from Ireland and take note, and especially for the partner of any man who is smitten with this dangerous affliction. Thanks to Roddy Riddle for bringing it to our attention.

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