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PEZ Posts 10,000th Story – Amazing! Plus cyclo-cross, road and track, it’s all here on EuroTrash Monday! Our other ”Top Story” is about the recent “whereabouts” revelations, cyclo-cross and road are the National championships in Australia (road), cyclo-cross (Belgium & Czech) and on the track; the 6-Day circus moves on to Rotterdam and the Revolution in Manchester. The usual collection of videos plus Alberto gets his honey and you can check – out this year’s team jerseys with Josй!

TOP TOP Story: PEZ Posts 10,000th Story!
PEZ Sez: This is a pretty big deal around here – since we just posted story # 10,000! Take a moment if you will, to soak in the depth of how much cycling content lives in the mighty PEZ database… mind boggling – I know. Even more surprising for me (and a huge relief), is that our story counter actually went above 9,999 – ensuring a whole lot more original ‘PEZ-quality’ cycling articles are on the way. And story #10,000 is a classic must read – Ed Hood’s interview with former German pro Jens Heppner, and current DS of team NetApp – who will know tomorrow if they get a wild card invite to the Giro. We hope they do.

Top Story – Whereabouts?
Top Story or three top stories all concerning the same thing; “the whereabouts system.” Mark Cavendish misses one test because he was in Italy filming for the Giro d’Italia, one missed test is not a problem, especially if you can prove why you were not where you said you would be. Grйgory Baugй loses all his track World championships from 2001 because he missed three tests and that is the rule. Then Yoann Offredo is told he is facing a ban for missing three, but one of those was due to his team! If it wasn’t hard enough riding a bike, knowing where you are going to be in the next few weeks just adds to the work load!

Mark Cavendish Missed Drug Control?
According to Italian newspaper La Gazetta Dello Sport British World champion; Mark Cavendish missed an out of competition drug control during 2011 and Cavendish himself has confirmed his missed test. Cavendish said that he “missed a test in April,” but added that he was filming on Mount Etna for the Giro d’Italia and it was a simple mistake. The World champion said he had been tested around sixty times this season, a couple of week before and twice in the two weeks after the missed test. No action will be taken against the Isle of Man rider as long as he doesn’t miss two more tests in the next eighteen months. One wonders why we are even talking about it?

Grйgory Baugй to Lose World Titles
The French sprinter missed one test and also two rider availability violations over an 18 month period back in 2009/10. The French Federation have given him a 1 year suspension back dated to December the 23rd 2010 to December the 22nd 2011. This time covers the 2011 UCI track World championships and so his results are nullified, meaning that his sprint title passes to GB’s Jason Kenny, second to Sir Chris Hoy and third to Mickael Bourgain of France. The team sprint goes to Germany and GB move to second and Australia to third. Can’t see Baugй being very popular with his team sprint colleagues!

Offredo also Missing?
FdJ-BigMat rider; Yoann Offredo has been officially informed by the UCI that he has missed three out of competition drug controls in 2011. In his defence Offredo said he had not received any notification from the French Federation and so was surprised to hear the news from the UCI. He added that on two occasions he was a few hours late sending in his “whereabouts” and on the other occasion he was actually racing at the time, but had said he would be at home, which is down to his team needing him to start the race at the last minute.

Grйgory Baugй “wins” sprint Gold:

Australian National Road Championships 2012
Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) won the Australian National Road championships on Sunday in Buninyong from the returning Matthew Lloyd (Lampre-ISD) and Richie Porte (Sky) in third. The GreenEdge team did have more riders on the start line than any other team and they made the most of it by either dominating or watching every move. On the last 10 kilometre lap Gerrans, Porte and Lloyd broke away from the remainder of the peloton, around 20 or so riders. After a few attacks from Lloyd it came down to the sprint which Gerrans took fairly easily. “This is such an honour, it is far and above one of my proudest moments in cycling and to now (I get to) be crowned Australian champion for the next twelve months, and to be able to wear the green and gold through all the big races in Europe,” said Gerrans. “I just capped off some great team work from GreenEdge today, I am so proud of all of the guys,” he added.

Australian National Road Championships 2012 Result:
1. Simon Gerrans (Vic) in 4:07:38
2. Matthew Lloyd (Vic) at 0:02
3. Richie Porte (Tas)
4. Adam Hansen (QLD) at 1:05
5. William Clarke (Tas) at 1:09
6. Steele Von Hoff (Vic) at 1:11
7. Christopher Sutton (NSW)
8. Baden Cooke (Vic)
9. Anthony Giacoppo (WA)
10. Bernard Sulzberger (Tas).

Australian Woman’s National Road Championships 2012
In the woman’s race Amanda Spratt (GreenEdge-AIS) soloed to her first National championships, she rode away from a large group of around 20 riders on the last climb of Mount Buninyong. Cromwell and Neylan chased, but had to fight it out for second and third.

Australian Woman’s National Road Championships 2012 Result:
1. Amanda Spratt (NSW) in 2:55:22
2. Tiffany Cromwell (SA) at 0:45
3. Rachel Neylan (SA)
4. Alexis Rhodes (SA) at 1:30
5. Gracie Elvin (ACT)
6. Carla Ryan (Vic)
7. Shara Gillow (QLD)
8. Joanne Hogan (Vic)
9. Grace Sulzberger (Tas)
10. Taryn Heather (Vic).

Belgian National Cyclo-cross Championships 2012
Sven Nys (Landbouwkediet) took his eighth Belgian champs on Sunday in Hooglede-Gits. Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) was expected to take the title, but with the heavy mud he was not at his best. Nys didn’t so much attack, but rode away from the others on the second lap and the race split behind into riders in ones. Albert tried to close on Nys, but couldn’t get near him; Rob Peeters (Telenet_Fidea) was third.

Belgian National Cyclo-cross Championships 2012 Result:
1. Sven Nys Landbouwkrediet in 1:02:21
2. Niels Albert BKCP-Powerplus at 0:50
3. Rob Peeters Telenet-Fidea at 1:15
4. Sven Vanthourenhout Landbouwkrediet at 1:36
5. Tom Meeusen Telenet-Fidea at 1:40
6. Dieter Vanthourenhout BKCP-Powerplus at 2:13
7. Jan Denuwelaere Style & Concept at 2:41
8. Kenneth Van Compernolle Style & Concept
9. Bart Aernouts Rabobank-Giant
10. Kevin Pauwels Sunweb-Revor at 4:20.

No video yet of the 2012 champs, so here is the Belgian National Championships from 2010:

Bart Wellens in Hospital
The night before the Belgian National championships, Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) was rushed to hospital with a fever that had complications leading to heart problems. Originally taken to the local hospital in Geel, he was then transferred to the Antwerp University Hospital and put into the intensive care unit. Things were said to be critical at one point, but he was stable by Sunday morning. Bart’s brother has also had heart problems, so the medical staff was taking no risks.

Here is Bart taking a kick at a “fan” Druivencross back in 2006.

Zdenek Stybar Wins Sixth Czech Cyclo-Cross Title
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Zdenek Stybar earned his sixth white, red and blue jersey on Sunday, at the Czech National Cyclo-Cross Championship in Unicov. This is his fifth consecutive national title.

“I’m really happy to have won in front of my public,” Stybar said. “Returning home is always something special for me.”

Stybar, also a 2011 world champion, attacked early on the first lap. He gained a 4.5 second gap on the field on his pink Specialized bicycle by the time lap two came around. However, Radomir Simunek Jr. caught up to him on the second lap. The two battled while they built a 20-plus second gap on the field, both getting a bike change on lap three 20 minutes and 43 seconds into the race.

“In the beginning the pace was not hard because the conditions of the track weren’t so bad,” Stybar said. “I decided to make my move in a muddy section and I went alone.”

Stybar attacked 25 minutes into the race. He opened up a 21.1 second gap just minutes later on Simunek Jr., and the gap only grew from there, up to a minute and 35 seconds by the time Stybar crossed the finish line for the victory.

Don’t know if he was wearing that hat!

Here is the link to the race on Czech TV.

A round-up of more cyclo-cross National champs on Thursday.

Ag2r Team Line-Up for 2012
The Ag2r-La Mondiale had its presentation in Paris where they introduced seven new riders to help them stay in the WorldTour in the future after a disappointing 2011 with few victories. The new riders have brought UCI points with them to help the team stay on the top rung of the sport. Iranian rider Amir Zargari was third in the UCI AsiaTour and Gregor Gazvoda won the Tour of Qinghai Lake, also two sprinters; Jimmy Casper and Boris Shpilevkiy will bolster the squad.

Ag2r Roster for 2012:
Julien Berard,
William Bonnafond,
Maxime Bouet,
Mickaлl Chйrel,
Hubert Dupont,
Martin Elmiger,
John Gadret,
Ben Gastauer,
Sйbastien Hinault,
Steve Houanard,
Blel Kadri,
Goddaert Kristof,
Romain Lemarchand,
Sйbastien Minard,
Lloyd Mondory,
Matteo Montaguti,
Rinaldo Nocentini,
Jean-Christophe Pйraud,
Mathieu Perget,
Anthony Ravard,
Christophe Riblon,
Nicolas Roche.

New Riders:
Romain Bardet,
Manuel Belletti,
Jimmy Casper,
Gregor Gazvoda,
Sylvain Georges,
Boris Shpilevskiy,
Amir Zargari.

A bit of Ag2r action from 2011 Tour Down Under:

RadioShack Nissan Trek Presents Team, Jersey and Bike to the World
Press Release: After three months off the bike and plenty of re-shuffling, re-organizing and re-vitalizing, it’s finally time for the cycling season to begin for RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK. Tonight, the team, the new kit and the team bikes were presented to 5,000 enthusiastic fans at the ‘Rockhal’ in Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. After the presentation, a surprise concert by Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk) put a musical end to a successful night.

While the riders have had time to return home and spend time with family and friends, behind the scenes the management and staff of RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK have been very busy preparing for a super season of racing. Directors have met with riders and penciled out tentative race schedules, kits have been designed, casual clothing has been sized and delivered, bikes have been produced and logistics have been put into play. With everything in place, now it’s time to start the season.

With more than 250 racing days on the calendar, there are plenty of opportunities for the team riders to shine throughout the year. First out of the gate is the World Tour Santos Down Under, January 15 to 22. RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK plans to send Daniele Bennati, Linus Gerdemann, Jan Bakelants, Tiago Machado, Hayden Roulston, Jesse Sergent and Jens Voigt to compete in this season opener that plenty of riders love to participate in as they escape the winter cold of Europe for the summer season in the Southern Hemisphere. Best of luck to the team riders in the inaugural representation of RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK in Adelaide!

The 2012 season is looking very promising, with a very exciting Classics season in March and April as the first big chapter. Expect plenty to report about during Milan-Sanremo (March 17), E3 Prijs Harelbeke (March 23), Gent-Wevelgem (March 25), Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 1), Paris-Roubaix (April 8), Amstel Gold (April 15) and Liиge-Bastogne-Liиge (April 22).

In May comes the Amgen Tour of California (May 13 through 20th), where Chris Horner will defend his title, and the Giro d’Italia (May 5 through 27), where the team will hold a special thought to their fallen team mate Wouter Weylandt.
As June rolls around and national championships take place, the main focus will be on the lead-up races prior to the June 30th start of the 99th Tour de France in Parc d’Avroy, in the heart of Liиge. With the full support of a team designed to put Andy Schleck in the maillot jaune in Paris on July 22nd, leaving behind three second-place finishes, July’s Tour promises to bring exciting daily racing for three solid weeks, covering a total distance of 3479km/2160mi. While Andy is our key player in the drama unfolding on the roads of France, make no mistake that other perfectly capable support riders are ready to step in if called to do so. With the likes of brother Frдnk, Andreas Klцden, Haimar Zubeldia and Chris Horner all previous podium or top ten finishers, the team’s top priority is to win in Paris.

No break after the Tour, as 2012 is an Olympic year and no doubt from July 27 to August 12 there will be opportunities to see riders from RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK represent their home countries in the XXX Olympiad in London. While not a “team” event, the Olympics hold a special place in every pro athlete’s heart and we hope to see many of our riders enjoy being Olympians and going for the gold. Fabian Cancellara is the defending gold medalist from the Beijing time trial and would certainly love to add to his medal collection.

Highlights in the last part of the season will be the Vuelta a Espaсa (August 19 through September 9), the World Championships in Valkenburg (with the first edition of the Team Time Trial for UCI Teams), and Il Lombardia (September 29).

While many people look to the new year to make resolutions and declarative statements about what they hope to accomplish but quickly forget about their resolve, the goals for RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK remain constant throughout the year: race hard, win with integrity and put on a great show for the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK fans.

The RadioShack-Nissan-Trek new website: www.radioshacknissantrek.com.

Keisse and Terpstra on track in Rotterdam!
Iljo Keisse and Niki Terpstra will take part to the 6-days of Rotterdam. Starting tonight up until January 10 the two Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team riders will try and obtain a second success together after their nice win in the 6-days of Amsterdam a few months ago.

“It will be nice to ride together once again,” Keisse, one of the main 6-day specialist at an international level, said. “I have great chemistry with Niki on the track. Our opponents are many but we’ll try and do our best to gift our team with the first win of 2012.”

“Track was and still is one of my big passions,” Terpstra, a national scratch race, points race and madison champion in the past, said. “I am glad my team allows me to compete in this type of challenge that is a very useful training session for road cycling as well. Racing with Iljo is a privilege. Our goal is to do our best to succeed.”

Some great old Retro from Rotterdam 6-Days:

Rowe Makes Perfect Team Sky Debut at Revolution 35
Press Release: A packed Revolution 35, held at the National Cycling Centre, certainly reinforced that 2012 is going to be a huge year for cycling; fans were out in their thousands supporting their favourite Revolution riders.

It’s also going to be a good year for new Team Sky recruit, Luke Rowe. He raced for the first time in his new Team Sky colours here, and started with an emphatic victory in the Scratch Race. As a former national Madison champion, Rowe is not only prolific on the track, but has a bright future on the road ahead of him.

“It’s a great honour, as soon as I pull the Team Sky jersey on today there’s a massive smile on my face,” said Rowe. “It’s always a great vibe here, it’s always a great night out so I’m really happy to be back at Revolution.”

He continued: “Last time I rode the track was at the Revolution, 2012 is going to be a hard year on the road. There’ll be a lot of grafting, a lot of working for my teammates; I’ve just got to get myself out there.”

Rowe continued his run of track form in the Australian Pursuit; a thrilling race for spectators as twelve equally positioned riders play the ultimate game of cat and mouse. Rowe went from the gun and fought off a late challenge by Chris Opie to prove himself in this true test of stamina.

This Revolution featured some strong continental talent, some being brand new to the Revolution track racing experience. Chris Grasmann shined in particular and helped his team Maxgear Racing to victory in the Team Elimination race; he was joined by promising young elites Adam Yates and Harry Tanfield.

In the 1km Madison Time Trial, a popular Revolution event, CHEP UK’s partnership of Jonathan Dibben and Morgan Kniesky beat Sky duo of Luke Rowe and Andreas Muller in an impressive 58.422.

In the Elite Points race, the money was on Luke Rowe but after an early breakaway was pulled back, Jon Mould’s early points and consistent performance meant he edged out fellow Welshman Rowe for the win. The two battled it out at the front of the race towards the end, but Mould’s 25 points was enough over Rowe’s 20 points.

Revolution 35 featured tandem racing for the first time and was popular with the large crowds. Two British and two Dutch teams battled across an omnium format including a 200m TT, Match Sprinting and the Revolution finale, a tandem Kilo. Craig MacLean and Anthony Kappes racked up the points to win the omnium overall. But the duo of Barney Storey and Neil Fachie enjoyed the raucous applause in the last event, the Kilo, where they beat the Dutch duo of Bos and Bonnhof in 33.328.

In the DHL Future Stars, Emily Kay and Jake Ragan both kept their impressive leads with consistent performances on the night. It would be very difficult to edge out both of these in-form riders at the last Revolution event.

Maxgear Racing displaced Team UK Youth at the top of the standings on the night. They lead the Revolution Championship with 501 points, ahead of Team UK Youth’s 494.

Those who missed Revolution 35 will be able to watch the hour-long highlights package, shown on Monday 9th January 2012 on ITV4 at 7pm.

The next Revolution will feature Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy on Saturday 28th January 2012, limited tickets are still available at www.cyclingrevolution.com.

A young Luke Rowe at work:

Alberto Contador Received his Weight in Honey
Alberto Contador received on Saturday in Alcarria de Peсalver (Guadalajara) the prize of his weight in Honey in recognition of his career.

Alberto was weighed in the Plaza de Espaсa of Alcarria de Peсalver and then one of his bikes, the weight of the bike was multiplied by six to symbolize his six victories in the Grand Tours (3 tours, 2 Giros and 1 Vuelta). In total, Alberto received more than 130 kilos of honey plus a Castellana cape tailor-made in Alcarria. Following the award ceremony, Alberto Contador flew off to the island of Gran Canaria, where Team Saxo Bank will be at a training camp until 15th of January.

No honey here for one fan!

2012 Team Jerseys!
All the teams are ready to go, and if you want to check out the new jerseys in the peloton then have a look at Josй Been’s web-site tourdejose.com for a full pictorial list. And on Twitter. Great work Josй!

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