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EuroTrash Monday!

A fairly quiet weekend, but things are warming up with training camps and team “get togethers” and “bonding” etc. Nice story from the Saxo Bank team helping kids in Israel to ride bikes, cyclo-cross from Spain, team news, rider news, Zurich “6 Days” and Jurgen Van Goolen crosses the line…with the police! As usual there’s a mix of videos and to finish we have some coffee/cake and cycling info…what a better time for a coffee?

“Top Story”
It’s very nice to see a professional bike team put something back by working to help bring two very different societies together and showing kids the fun of cycling.

Saxo Bank Team Build Cycling School in Israel
This year’s “team Building” exercise for the Saxo Bank team has been literally a building operation. The team members and staff have been building a school for cyclists in Akko in northern Israel as part of the Peres Centre for Peace and is for both Jewish and Muslim children. The team started work last Wednesday and will be there till December the 11th and by the end the cycling school is hoped to bring the two communities of Akko together, as team manager, Bjarne Riis told the Saxo Bank web-site: “It’s an ambitious project with visions concerning making living easier in the relationship between Jews and Muslim children, and I believe that in the long run projects like these can turn prejudices to concern, and create a good foundation for at least a small group of kids here and now, but also for a big group of people in the long run by introducing them to sports and physical activities”.

The first integrated classes were on Friday after the Saxo Bank team had finished the work. There were many cycling activities on the school grounds with Jewish and Muslim kids mixing together which is not normal for the town. Alberto Contador was amongst the kids who, in some cases, had never ridden a bike. As Contador pointed out: “It’s been a lot of fun working with the kids today. I enjoy seeing how easily they smile and have a good time in spite of their differences and in spite the lack of experience as many never rode a bike before coming here today”.

This is the Saxo Bank team with a more traditional training session in Spain earlier this year:

UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2011 – Igorre, Spain
Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) showed the Spanish crowd that he is the man on form at the moment in the cyclo-cross World Cup by winning and taking a bigger lead in the competition. Again the race came down to a tussle between Pauwels and Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet), but due to a flat tyre, Pauwels came out on top. The bad luck puncture gave Pauwels a small lead with five laps left of the narrow Basque circuit, Pauwels put his head down and Nys couldn’t make up the distance and then cracked to lose 45 seconds by the finish. Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) chased had and nearly caught the suffering Nys, World Champion Stybar only finished 5th.

UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2011 – Igorre Result:
1. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor in 1:02:31
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet at 0:45
3. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:59
4. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant at 1:06
5. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step at 1:26
6. Francis Mourey (Fra) FdJ at 1:31
7. Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:33
8. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:34
9. Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti at 1:35
10. Steve Chainel (Fra) FdJ.

You can see the race action here on Sporza.be.

Zurich “6 Days”
Franco Marvulli teamed up with Belgian “6 Day” fast-man Iljo Keisse to take his home 6 Days in Zurich by one lap. Keep PEZ to hear from our man Ed Hood working in the pits in the track centre in Switzerland. Full result to come.

Some Retro Zurich “6 Days” here from the film “In Der Fall” (1972), dir. Kurt Frьh the action moves at one point to the Six Day Race, at that time an annual fixture in the Hallenstadion. A lot of documentary footage was used and there is a light philosophical dialog, accompanied by the eerie score by Walter Baumgartner. It’s about the drab aspects of the cyclical character of life. Sorry, did I take that too far?

Movistar in Olympics!
Team Movistar rider Andrey Amador will be riding the London Olympics for his Costa Rica National team. Costa Rica has one spot to fill and the 25 year old Amador is the man for the job, he rode the 2011 Tour de France for Movistar, a first for a Costa Rica rider, after a full spring campaign. Amador told the Movistar web-site: “It’s a dream come true, which sportsman does not dream about taking part in the Olympic Games? It’s the most important sporting event in the world and I’ll be proud to represent my country in London”.

Bit of Andrey Amador Tour de France action:

No Team for Cobo?
Time is running out for what was the Geox-TMC team, they needed to have a sponsor in place last Friday after they were given some extra time by the UCI. The proposed deal with the Venezuelan Tourist Board has not come to fruition and the big international company that general manager Mauro Gianetti claims to be in talks with is still un-known. DS “Maxtin” told Spanish sports daily AS “I can’t lie…we don’t have anything!” Vuelta a Espaсa winner Juan Josй Cobo has said he would wait to see what happens, but it looks like that time might be here now.

Possibly just a memory? The Geox-TMC presentation 2011:

Markel Irizar Crashes!
RadioShack rider Markel Irizar crashed while out training on Saturday, landing on his face, breaking his jaw and cutting his eye, nose and cheek badly. The Ruta del Sol winner should have been in Calpe (Spain) for the RadioShack training camp starting this week, but is now doubtful. The press day is tomorrow (Tuesday), so we should have news and photos from that soon!

The last stage of the Vuelta de Andalucнa from Cуrdoba to Antequera (Mбlaga):

Brice Feillu Also Crashes!
A broken collarbone for Brice Feillu due to a training crash on Friday last. The stage winner in the Tour de France will be off the bike for two to three weeks and will be lining up with his new team; Saur-Sojasun at their training camp in the new year.

Stage 7 of the Tour de France 2009 and the final climb of the Arcalis.

Drapac Announce 2012 Team
The Australian Drapac team has expanded and wants more success in Asia over the next two years, continuing their performances in races like; Jayco Herald Sun Tour, the Tour of Taiwan and the Tour de Okinawa. Added sponsorship from the cycle clothing company Netti has allowed the team to expand with a feeder team and four full time riders, the team are looking forward to a bigger race program.

Drapac Team for 2012:
Patrick Drapac,
Floris Goesinnen,
Stuart Grimsey,
Darren Lapthorne,
Lachlan Norris,
Thomas Palmer,
Adam Phelan,
David Pell,
Rhys Pollock,
Malcolm Rudolph,
Amir Rulsi,
Adam Semple,
Stuart Shaw,
Peter Thompson.

Giant Bicycles and the Drapac Professional Cycling team in 2011.

Jurgen Van Goolen in Trouble
If you watched the final of this year’s Paris-Tours, you might have seen something going on in the last few metres of the race, but it was difficult to make out what was occurring. Thanks to this bit of video from a spectator on the other side of the road on the finishing straight, you can see that a policewoman tries to move Van Goolen out of the way of the oncoming bunch sprint. She maybe doesn’t understand what he is trying to do and he definitely doesn’t understand what she is trying to do! In the end it looks like Van Goolen may have slapped the policewoman, which is not a good idea and now she is considering pressing charges against the Veranda’s Willems-Accent rider. See what you think:

Michelob Ultra and Lance Armstrong team up to Raise Funds for World Bicycle Relief this Holiday Season
Press Release: Michelob ULTRA and Lance Armstrong are partnering this holiday season to support World Bicycle Relief, a 501(c)(3) organization that designs quality and sturdy bicycles for people living in sub Saharan Africa, helping them access education, health care and independence.

Now through Dec. 31, Michelob ULTRA is donating ten cents to World Bicycle Relief every time a consumer purchases a 12-, 18-, 20- or 24-pack, with a maximum donation of $25,000. Michelob ULTRA will also donate ten cents for every new “like” the Michelob ULTRA Facebook page receives through the end of the year.

“In the United States we often view cycling as a fitness or recreational activity, but in many parts of the world, bicycles can make a significant improvement in people’s lives as their primary means of transportation,” said Lance Armstrong. “I’m thrilled to join Michelob ULTRA this holiday season to help raise awareness and funds in support of World Bicycle Relief.”

“To millions of people in developing Africa, a quality, sturdy bicycle is the difference between getting to school, getting health care, making a living, or not. It is a simple, yet powerful tool that can lift the most in need out of poverty,” said F.K. Day, founder & president, World Bicycle Relief.

Since its inception in 2005 as a response to the tragic Indian Ocean tsunami, World Bicycle Relief has designed and distributed more than 91,000 bikes and trained over 750 field mechanics in Africa. The organization offers sustainable transportation to improve access to education and economic opportunity through the increased carrying capacity and reduced travel time that bicycles provide to individuals in need.

“We’re proud to support World Bicycle Relief’s mission of providing the independence and benefits of cycling to those in need,” said Ryan Moore, senior director, Michelob ULTRA. “There’s no better time of the year to come together to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those less fortunate.”

For more information on how to help support World Bicycle Relief, please visit www.Facebook.com/MichelobUltra or www.WorldBicycleRelief.org.

About World Bicycle Relief
Founded in 2005 in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami, World Bicycle Relief designs and distributes sturdy, quality bicycles to people in sub Saharan Africa who suffer from lack of access to health care, education, and economic opportunity. Compared to walking, a bicycle can travel four times farther, carry five times more weight, and save hours of travel time. This helps patients get to health clinics in an emergency, it assists in getting medicines and malaria nets to get to rural villages more effectively, it allows students to get to school more quickly and safely, and it enables farmers to get goods to market faster and more inexpensively. To date, more than 91,000 World Bicycle Relief bicycles have been distributed to students, health care volunteers, farmers and other residents in Africa and Asia. For more information on World Bicycle Relief, go to www.worldbicyclerelief.org.

About Anheuser-Busch
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.3 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer. Anheuser-Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

A Coffee & Cake Web-Site
I know I’m always talking about having a coffee and some cake (or biscuits) when reading EuroTrash, well now you can find and recommend the best places to have a coffee and cake on line when you’re out on the bike (or any other form of transport!) here on Pбtisserie Cyclisme and lots of other info. You can also follow coffee and cake chat from Pбtisserie Cyclisme on Twitter. Coffee, cake and a bike ride…what could be better?

This has nothing to do with Pбtisserie Cyclisme, but here is a great recipe for banana cake!

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