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EuroTrash Monday!

World Cup cyclo-cross is back after a short break and Sven Nys won one race and should have won two, but the God of mechanics was against him! “Top Story”…why are we looking at the 2013 Tour de France? FdJ, Romandie, GreenEdge, Contador, Gianni Savio, BMC, US Olympic Team and Leopard-Trek are all in today’s EuroTrash Monday. We finish off with a bit of travel information from Amsterdam, read on!

The Tour de France 2013??
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m still digesting the route for next year’s (2012) Tour de France and building a bit of anticipation for that race, even though it’s still December and we have six months to wait for it to start, plus the Classics and the Giro d’Italia all come before then. So why are people already discussing the 2013 Tour de France route? This last week I’ve read different reports of team time trials in Nice, that would finish on the sea front Boulevard and that the start will be on the Island of Corsica with three stages. Then more recently the Belgian newspaper; Het Niewsblad has been talking about the final stage of the 100th Tour de France being a stage including not just one accent of the L’Alpe d’Huez, but two! The talk is of the race taking a little used local road, just before the top and shot back down to Bourg d’Oisans to do the climb again, all this on the final stage, no Champs Elysees for the sprinters then?

OK, I’m as bad as them by repeating the story, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are talking about a race that will not start for another 18 months, do we really need to know now? The Giro and the Tour “leaked” their own race routes for this year’s race by “accident” and we all knew what was happening well before the race presentation. Personally I can wait till December or January to find out where the Grand Tours are going…a year and a half is just too early.

This is Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) winning on L’Alpe in 2011:

Niels Albert back for GP Rouwmoer & Namur
After being hit by a car when training Niels Albert has not raced since the start of November due to a broken hand. He restarted his season in Rouwmoer in Essen and the World Cup in Namur, “If I can make the top 10 in Essen and repeat that in Namur, my weekend will be more than successful,” he told sporza, and added “I’ve missed cyclo-cross, I love racing and above all miss the atmosphere around the whole thing and the fans.” Albert is hoping to defend his Belgian National champion’s jersey in January.

This is Albert in better times:

GvA Trofee – GP Rouwmoer 2011
Saturday’s GP Rouwmoer saw a happy Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) as the mud made it first showing of the cyclo-cross season, in fact you could say he was like a pig in sh***! or mud to be polite. The other happy man was the returning Belgian champion; Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), as he came in 25 seconds after Wellens. After the first split went in the race, Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) headed off on his own leaving Wellens and Albert in his wake, then a mechanical problem for Nys half way through the second last lap changed everything and Wellens was then looking at the victory. Nys could have finished in the points, but gave up. World champion; Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) had no excuses about finishing 14th and later apologized for his poor form. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) was 4th which helped his lead in the Trofee GvA with 22 over Stybar and 37 over Nys.

GvA Trofee – GP Rouwmoer Result:
1. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea in 59:04
2. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:25
3. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:39
4. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb Revor at 1:05
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:12
6. Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept at 1:18
7. Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL at 1:34
8. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant at 1:40
9. Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant at 1:46
10. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet at 2:33.

Here is the link to the race on Sporza.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Namur, Belgium 2011
Sunday saw the resumption of the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup with the 5th event in the Walloon town of Namur and Saturday’s unlucky rider; Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) showed his form by beating the returning Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) by 5 seconds, even with two punctures. Nys was 15 points behind World Cup leader Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor), but with Pauwels finishing 4th, Nys is now World Cup leader.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Namur 2011:
1. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet in 1:03:04
2. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:05
3. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:21
4. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:26
5. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step at 0:32
6. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:40
7. Francis Mourey (Fra) FdJ at 1:23
8. Aurelien Duval (Fra) at 1:24
9. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant at 1:27
10. John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale at 1:34.

Here is the link to the race on Sporza.

FdJ-BigMat to Tour Down Under
“Old Man” Frederic Guesdon will be amongst the FdJ-BigMat team to ride the Santos Tour Down Under next month/year. He will be joined by another experienced rider; Sandy Casar who was the best young rider in 2000. Five of the riders are French, the other two are Belarusian champion Yauheni Hutarovich and Finnish champion Jussi Veikkanen.

FdJ-BigMat team for Santos Tour Down Under:
Sandy Casar (FRA),
William Bonnet (FRA),
Arnaud Courteille (FRA),
Frederic Guesdon (FRA),
Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR),
Jeremy Roy (FRA),
Jussi Veikkanen (FIN).

A bit of FdJ film:

Top Managers for GreenEdge Team
The new Australian GreenEdge team has announced its Sports Directors for the teams first year in the peloton. Matt White, Neil Stephens, Lionel Marie, Lorenzo Lepage, Vittorio Algeri and Daniele Nardello. All have loads of experience, Matt White as a rider and a manager with Garmin, Neil Stephens as a rider with ONCE and Festina and a manager with Liberty, Astana and Illes Balears. Frenchman Lionel Marie was also with Garmin as a DS, Belgian Lorenzo Lepage was a good track man and a DS with U.S. Postal. The two Italians; Vittorio Algeri and Daniele Nardello worked for Milram and Geox-TMC. The team will be under the control of the team’s General Manager; Shayne Bannan.

This is Shayne Bannan and Neil Stephens:

Tour of Romandie Route 2012
The Swiss stage race has announced its route for next year and it includes a prologue and five road stages between April 24th and 29th. The individual time trial prologue is around Lausanne, stage 1 is from Morges to La Chaux-de-Fonds. Stage 2 starts the French town of Montbйliard to Moutier back in Switzerland. Stage 3 La Neuveville to Charmey, Stage 4 from Bulle to Sion. The last stage is an individual time trial in Crans-Montana. Eighteen WorldTour teams will start along with selected ProConti teams.

Stage 5 of the 2011 Tour de Romandie:

Sweet Contador!
Alberto Contador is to receive his weight in honey from the village of Peсalver in January; it is not only his body weight but also six bikes on the old scales that have been used for many years in the honey producing village. He is being weighed with the bike because of his light climbing weight; he follows other sportsmen and people from the world of literature.

This is Alberto Contador on the attack in stage 15 in 2011 Giro d’Italia:

Savio is Innocent!
He most dapper Sports Director in the Pro peloton; Gianni Savio has been acquitted of the accusations that he provided doping products to riders. He had been accused by one of his ex-riders; Luca De Angeli who rode under Savio from 2003 to 2005, until he tested positive for EPO. The judge in charge of the case threw it out and it is now expected that the Italian Olympic Committee will also find Savio innocent.

Here is Gianni Savio giving his thoughts on the 2012 Giro d’Italia (in Italian).

BMC Racing Team Announces 2012 Roster
PressRelease: The 2012 edition of the BMC Racing Team is one built around being competitive in the team’s major objectives, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz and Directeur Sportif John Lelangue emphasized as the team’s roster was announced.

Jim Ochowicz: A Stronger Team
The U.S.-registered BMC Racing Team begins its second season as a ProTeam with a 26-rider lineup that features defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans and a veteran supporting cast, as well as a host of talented newcomers that includes world No. 1 ranked Philippe Gilbert. Ochowicz said the new riders further strengthen a squad that finished fifth in the UCI team standings. “We go into 2012 with an arsenal of riders who are competitive in any endeavor in professional cycling,” Ochowicz said. “Our goals and objectives are realistic. We are not going to claim we will win this race or that race. But we should be competitive in every race we enter. That’s what we want to do. If we win, then that’s great, too.” Ochowicz said each rider on the team has been carefully selected. “Our current roster is full of guys who are capable of either performing at a high level themselves or supporting someone else,” Ochowicz said. “It also feels great to have Cadel so competitive and motivated to defend at the Tour and it’s exciting to have the No. 1 rider in the world on the team. Philippe’s 2011 season was spectacular and he’s just as motivated looking at 2012.”

Cadel Evans: Looking Forward
Evans said being the Tour’s defending champion will not change his approach to the season. In 2011, he won overall titles at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie while finishing runner-up at the Critйrium du Dauphine in his lead-up to the three-week race. “As a team, we are looking forward and it’s clear what our ambition is – to repeat our result at the Tour de France,” he said. “We go in with an even better, stronger team. I’m looking forward to that challenge. I am preparing for another season and a big year and look forward to meeting up with my teammates next month at training camp. I’m excited to get racing with a few new teammates as well as reunite with my good teammates from last year.”

Philippe Gilbert: No Pressure
Gilbert’s remarkable performances in 2011 saw him win more than 15 races, including Liиge-Bastogne-Liиge, Flиche Wallonne, Amstel Gold and Clasica San Sebastian, as well as the Belgian national road and time trial titles. “I know it was incredible, but I had the support and confidence of a team – which I already have with the BMC Racing Team,” he said. “I know that sometimes you can do your best and still come in second, third, fourth or fifth. But I’m ready for this. If I don’t win, we as a team will still have done our best to win.” Gilbert said the only pressure he feels is what he puts on himself. “I just try to restart after every season, whether it’s a good, bad or just a lesser season,” he said. “I always want to do my best. I don’t think about winning. I always have the same motivation and goals whether I have won a race or not.”

Thor Hushovd: Eyeing Paris-Roubaix
Hushovd, the 2010 world road champion and multi-time Norwegian national road champion, said his focus will be on doing well at the classics before helping Evans at the Tour de France. “I want to do well at Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix,” he said. “It’s always been my dream to win Paris-Roubaix and now it’s even bigger goal since I’m on such a strong team with a good supporting cast.”

2012 BMC Racing Team Roster:
Alessandro Ballan (ITA),
Adam Blythe (GBR),
Brent Bookwalter (USA),
Marcus Burghardt (GER),
Stephen Cummings (GBR),
Yannick Eijssen (BEL),
Cadel Evans (AUS),
Mathias Frank (SUI),
Philippe Gilbert (BEL),
George Hincapie (USA),
Thor Hushovd (NOR),
Martin Kohler (SUI),
Klaas Lodewyck (BEL),
Amaлl Moinard (FRA),
Steve Morabito (SUI),
Taylor Phinney (USA),
Marco Pinotti (ITA),
Manuel Quinziato (ITA),
Tim Roe (AUS),
Mauro Santambrogio (ITA),
Ivan Santaromita (ITA),
Michael Schдr (SUI),
Johann Tschopp (SUI),
Greg Van Avermaet (BEL),
Tejay Van Garderen (USA),
Danilo Wyss (SUI).

The BMC Racing Team on an easy ride:

2012 Olympic Track Long Team announced
Press Release: USA Cycling announced Thursday the 19 athletes in the discipline of track cycling who are eligible to be nominated to represent the United States of America at the 2012 Olympic Games.

In the discipline of track cycling, 11 female athletes comprise the Long Team, one of which met the automatic nomination criteria. Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) earned an automatic nomination on three accounts. Hammer placed within the top three (second) in the women’s omnium at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, and she also won two omniums at 2011 UCI Track World Cup events (Manchester, Great Britain, and Cali, Colombia).

Four endurance women join the 2012 Olympic Long Team as discretionary selections, including the two riders who, with Hammer, earned a silver medal in the Team Pursuit at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) and Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling). Also on the Long Team are Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12), who placed sixth in the Points Race in Apeldoorn, and Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12), who, with Bausch and Hammer, helped establish the world record in the Women’s Team Pursuit at the 2010 Pan American Games in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Tamayo is also a member of the 2012 women’s road Long Team.

Additionally, six female sprinters were discretionary selections to the Long Team. Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./GS Adams Avenue Bicycles) was selected after winning the Women’s Scratch Race at the 2011 Junior Track World Championships in Moscow, Russia, in August. Elizabeth Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Black Dog Professional Cycling Team) and Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./enCompass Racing), teamed up to finish fourth in the Women’s Team Sprint at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, before being chosen for the Olympic Long Team. Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) teamed up with Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Broadmark Capital) to finish second to Carlson and Godby in the Women’s Team Sprint at the 2011 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center Team) placed 19th in the Women’s Keirin at the first UCI Track World Cup of the season in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Men’s Track Long Team
Each of the eight men selected for the Long Team were discretionary selections. All five riders who represented the United States of America at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships have been selected for the Long Team: Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project London 2012), Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA), Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project London 2012), Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion) and Dean Tracy (Portland, Ore./Project London 2012). Blatchford, Lea and Massie bring valuable experience as each competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Mansker finished seventh in the team sprint at the most recent UCI Track World Cup along with Blatchford and Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012), who also earned a discretionary nod to the Long Team. At the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Watkins placed fourth in the Keirin and contributed to the American team earning a silver medal in the Men’s Team Sprint as he combined with Tracy and Blatchford to set the current Team Sprint (750 m) national record (43.036). Two-time Pursuit world champion and 2010 world championship bronze medalist in the Omnium Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./BMC Racing Team), who is also vying for a spot on the United States’ road cycling team at the 2012 Olympic Games, is the seventh man named to the Long Team. T.J. Mathieson (Redondo Beach, Calif./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic), who finished 11th in the Time Trial at the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, was also a discretionary selection.

US track action from 1996:

Leopard-Trek Awarded for its Unique Design
Press Release: LEOPARD TREK and its design agency, Minale Design Strategy, have won a Design Grand Prix award in the prestigious Super Design competition organized by the Association Design Conseil (ADC) in Paris. The award was presented in Paris to Maxime Monfort and Tim Vanderjeugd of the team, and Gwenaлl Hanquet and Florence Balaes of Minale Design Strategy.

By associating with Minale Design Strategy, a design agency specializing in identity creation, LEOPARD TREK looked to establish its image through its name and a strong identity, thereby breaking with tradition in the sector. LEOPARD TREK has brought a breath of fresh air to the world of professional cycling and the way teams conventionally present themselves to the cycling community.

LEOPARD TREK, who will be racing under the name of RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK in 2012, is particularly proud of its young, fresh and innovative spirit. United on the road as well as off, the team members never lose sight of their main ambition: to fight to win! The brand identity conveys the “true racing” mantra: racing for the sake of it.

This stylish, masculine universe is available via all the different media (bikes, clothes, cars, etc.). The www.leopardtrek.lu website, with its specific codes, is an integral part of this image and serves as a link between the cyclists, the team and the fans, uniting them in one community.

The Design Grand Prix was awarded for the coherence of the style universe but is also a tribute to the results achieved – results which have exceeded expectations! Very notable is the team jersey, which broke all sales records during the Tour de France, a symbol of strong commitment to the brand. The team has also managed to successfully attract two new sponsors, RadioShack and Nissan, to form one of the best peloton teams around today. “More than just the brand name of a cycling team, LEOPARD has become, in the space of just a few months, a brand with attitude. It has been translated into a wide range of merchandising that will continue to attract fans and design enthusiasts,” concludes Ricardo Scheidecker. In 2012, the partnership between the team, racing under the name of RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK, and Minale Design Strategy continues.

Some old Leopard-Trek video, but still good:

Amsterdam Girls!
Ever been to Amsterdam? Well, here are a few good cycling reasons to go:

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