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EuroTrash Monday!

As usual for a EuroTrash Monday there’s lots going on! David beat Goliath in the ”Top Story”, Tour Down Under has its warm-up and World Cup cyclo-cross hits France. Loads of team news, rider news and you could win some of the new Garmin-Barracuda kit. It’s all here for a Monday…now where are those biscuits?

Top Story: Specialized Win $1!
Specialized brought charges against Volagi co-founders Robert Choi and Barley Forsman in October 2010 after they had left the Specialized company to set up their own bike company, which produced the Liscio road bike with disc brakes and the patented “long-bow” seat stays. Specialized sought damages for the theft of their intellectual property, this charge had to be put aside and Specialized went with a minimum $40,000 law suit for damages due to employees setting up a rival company while still in their employ.

Volagi’s lawyer argued that a company the size of Specialized (one of the biggest in the world) should not be worried by the much smaller company like Volagi and that it was just a way of getting rid of a competitor. In the end the case came down to two employees breaching their contract with their employer.

In the end the court went with the breach of contract charge and found in favour of Specialized and awarded the company damages of $1 against Robert Choi, while Barley Forsman was found not guilty. The Volagi bike company also keeps the “long bow” design and the colour red as Specialized cannot own a colour. So the little guy gets to keep his design and as PEZ has a Liscio to test at the moment you will soon hear what we think of the bike too.

Here is a taster:

Tour Down Under Cancer Classic 2012
Andrй Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won the warm-up race for the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide. A good break earlier in the race had new Garmin-Barracuda Pro; Nathan Haas take four of the intermediate sprint easily out sprinting his nine companions and showing that he is a good bet for the future. The group up the road was too big for the peloton to give much space to, so they were brought back before the final sprint. Sky tried to lead out Edvald Boasson Hagen, but Lotto-Belisol were too good at the job with four riders in front of the super strong Greipel who shot out that fast he had lots of space to celebrate the victory. Greipel must be in good form as he had registered 1940 Watts out-put earlier in the week. The race proper starts on Tuesday the 17th of January.

Tour Down Under Cancer Classic 2012 Result:
1. Andrй Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol in 1:03:17
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
3. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
5. Steele Von Hoff (Aus) UNI SA-Australia
6. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
7. Chris Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
8- Josй Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
9. Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol
10. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD.

Here are the highlights:

UCI World Cup Cyclo-cross, Liйven, France
World cyclo-cross champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) took a fortunate World Cup round in France from the very strong and unlucky Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor). Pauwels attacked from the line and too an early lead with Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus) leaving the others in his wake. Stybar crossed to Pauwels and Simunek as Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) moved slowly trough the field after a slow start. Pauwels and Stybar dropped Simunek and pushed on to the finish. On the last lap all looked well for the two to sprint it out, but on the steps, Pauwels tripped and fell and Stybar was off. Sven Nys came through for fourth.

“And to think that I had come to France just to practice,” said Stybar, who even kissed the handlebars of his Specialized bike with only a few metres to go to the arrival. “I was even late to the starting line! Then during the race I was feeling really good; I ended up out front and at that point I just went for it. I was also helped by Pauwels’ fall; otherwise I’m not so sure I could have beaten him. The most important thing, anyway, is the fact that I’m improving day in and day out as the Worlds gets closer and closer. The victory in the National Championship gave me confidence, as does the fantastic feeling I get from the team.”

UCI World Cup Cyclo-cross, Liйven 2012 Result:
1. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 1:03:47
2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:16
3. Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:30
4. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet at 0:44
5. Francis Mourey (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
6. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:46
7. Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC at 0:47
8. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:49
9. Steve Chainel (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:53
10. Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl at 0:55.

Here in the link to the race on Sporza.

Fuentes Just Won’t Go Away!
The judge in charge of the “Operation Puerto” case; Antonio Serrano has received all the arguments from the prosecution and the defense and will now decide what evidence is allowable before arranging for the date of the hearing against the now infamous Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes. It has also been reported by EFE that riders; Ivan Basso, Michele Scarponi and Alberto Contador will be called to give evidence in the case. In the past Fuentes has threatened to “tell all” which would bring down more sportsmen and women than the cyclist who have already been named and shamed, maybe it will happen now?

This is how it was reported at the time:

RusVelo Team Announced
The 22 riders and staff has been presented by the President of the Russian Cycling Development Project; Igor Marakov, the team will race at Continental level and will be the development team for the WorldTour Katusha team. “The team will be led by Heiko Salzwedel who will be supported by the Russians Viatcheslav Ekimov and Oleg Grishkin, Dutchman Egon van Kessel, Henk Vogels from Australian and German Andreas Lang ” said Marakov. The 22 riders are: Artur Ershov, Nikita Eskov, Sergey Firsanov, Valery Kaykov, Aleksander Khatuntsev, Sergey Klimov, Evgeniy Kovalev, Ivan Kovalev, Dmitriy Kozonchuk, Leonid Krasnov, Viktor Manakov, Alexey Markov, Aleksander Mironov, Artem Ovechkin, Arkhimedes Arguelles Rodriguez, Ivan Rovnyi, Ivan Savitskiy, Alexander Serov, Nikolay Trusov, Valeriy Valynin, Nikholay Zhurkin and Matvey Zubov.

Eskov (ex-Katusha 2010), Klimov (ex-Katusha 2010), Serov (ex-Katusha 2009), Markov (ex-Katusha 2009) and Rovny (ex-Katusha 2009). The latter comes from RadioShack in which he has competed for the last two years and Markov was with Caisse d’Epargne in 2007 and 2008. Kozontchuk, meanwhile, comes from Geox and Firsanov, Evgeny Kovalev, Ivan Kovalev and Krasnov from Itera-Katusha. Ershov, Kaikov, Khatunsev, formerly Tinkoff and Unibet.

On Friday the Russian squad RusVelo owned the Velodrome of Beijing, blazing to victory in a winning time of 3 minutes and 57,699 seconds. While Australia and New Zealand took the remaining podium spots, Alexander Serov and his teammates Alexey Markov, Ivan & Evgeny Kovalev improved the Russian National Record, which was set in Astana in November, by 1,4 seconds. “This was a great demonstration of strength by my team,” General Manager Heiko Salzwedel concludes. “I am very proud of all of them. Especially Alexander showed how valuable he is, pushing the watts like there was no tomorrow. This win gives us a lot of confidence for upcoming races. With these boys I can’t wait for the Olympic games to come. Working with such remarkable athletes I can only say the Sky is the limit for RusVelo” Also the women’s team was in action at the UCI Track World Cup scoring a 3rd place in the points race(Victoria Kondel) and a 6th spot in the team pursuit.

16 Years for Tosatto
Saxo Bank rider, Matteo Tosatto is starting his sixteenth season in the Pro ranks. The 37 year old is aiming to add to his 24 Grand Tour rides this year after riding the Spring Classics. He will start his season in Argentina before returning to Europe for the Tour of Algarve, Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo and the Belgian and French cobbled Classics.

Here Matteo wins Stage 18 of the 2006 Tour de France.

Wellens Out of Hospital
After his heart scare the evening before the Belgian National cyclo-cross championships, last week, Bart Wellens has returned home for his daughter’s birthday on Saturday. He had been rushed to hospital and spent three days in the Intensive Care Unit until the virus affecting him was controlled. It is unlikely that he will race again this season, but he is having a press conference this week.

Bart the Boy!

Facebook Contest, Win a Team Garmin-Barracuda Kit
Press Release: At Castelli, we like the new Team Garmin-Barracuda kit so much that we want YOU to have one! We are running a contest over the next two weeks to give away some 2011 Team Garmin-Cervйlo gear, and a 2012 Team Garmin-Barracuda KIT!

Every few days we will post a pic from last season. All you need to do is tell us where each pic is from and a caption. Get your friends to like your caption so it will get our attention.
Today’s pic is an easy one, so get those creative caption juices flowing, and the best Caption will win a 2011 Garmin Cervйlo Track jacket. Take me to Facebook >>

Nice bit of film of Christophe Le Mйvel training:

The new Omega Pharma – Quick-Step website on line!
Press Release: The new website for Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team (www.omegapharma-quickstep.com) was launched today, during the team’s official presentation in Vilvoorde (Belgium).

With rich content and news about the team’s athletes and activities, the site stands out for its straightforward, elegant graphics, keeping in line with the team’s new image and identity and keeping up with the new trends in online communication.

Giving our fans a voice
The team’s new internet site has been especially studied to become a point of reference for our team’s fans.

“An objective for our team in the near future is to give more value to fans of the team and cycling supporters in general,” explains team manager Patrick Lefevere. “Fans are important stakeholders for the entire movement, this is why we’ve decided to create a website structured around their needs. We want to give fans a say, and with their help we hope to improve the quality of our services by taking them to the next level.”

Intuitive and easy to navigate, the internet site will allow fans to interact among each other and the team through a series of instruments designed for this purpose, like the “Wall” or the “Fanbase” section, where users can share multimedia content like photos, videos and music, find out about exclusive behind-the-scenes stories and participate in prize drawings and online contests.

Social Media: A world in progress
Team communications will also be available on the team’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Live updates and exclusive content are elements that contribute to a continually growing fan base, thanks also in part to the valuable contributions of the team’s own riders, who are some of the group’s most active social media users.

Fans can follow the team and their athletes on Facebook and Twitter. Fan tweets will also be visible on line on their exclusively dedicated fan page.

“Every post, every tweet, every photo posted online generates a series of comments among our fans, promoting discussions in which the team can actively participate. It is truly a unique, global means to communicate directly with our fans. Social media is a World in Progress that knows no limits” Patrick Lefevere says.

Team Apps!
For those who enjoy 24/7 communication, the team has also developed applications for mobile devices that allow fans to receive continuous updates with the latest team news, anytime, anywhere! The new Photo Booth application available from today is only the first of a series of new team-specific apps available soon.

What are you waiting for? www.omegapharma-quickstep.comwww.omegapharma-quickstep.com

The world of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team awaits you online!

CycleOps partners with Vacansoleil-DCM for 2012 ProTeam attack
Press Release: Following its long history of successful sponsorships of the best cycling teams in the sport (US Postal, Phonak, Garmin Slipstream, Cervelo TestTeam, and Omega Lotto), CycleOps is partnering with the Dutch-based ProTeam Vacansoleil-DCM for the 2012 season. Vacansoleil-DCM will train and race with CycleOps’ PowerTap G3 power meters – the lightest power meter in the world – and its Joule and Joule GPS bicycle computers. “We want to not only maintain visibility in the ProTeam peloton, but partner with a team where we can really help the riders, and Vacansoleil-DCM is a perfect partner,” said Steve Chapin, Marketing Director at CycleOps. “The team wanted a partner which would help take them to the next level by training with power, and they’re a talented and eager group of riders who we think will do great things this year with the help of our System of products.”

Team Vacansoleil-DCM has significantly strengthened their roster, and is looking to take a major step forward in the professional peloton in 2012. The team – working with a team coach and utilizing power data for the first time – turned to CycleOps to help them best utilize and analyze power data to take them to the next level. At its recent team camp in Italy, confidence was the theme during the presentation, and expectations were high. Frank Kwanten, commercial manager for the team, stated “In last year’s Tour de France we were happy to be in the breakaway of the day, however, now we expect more than just that. We have the right equipment and a big group of riders who can get results, especially with top riders like Bjцrn Leukemans, Marco Marcato, Romain Feillu and Johnny Hoogerland. Ambitions are clear: a top ten ranking in a final, a stage win in one of the big tours and a podium finish in a monumental classic.”

Kicking off their second team camp in Benidorm Spain, Vacansoleil-DCM riders will get acquainted with their new equipment and continue to prepare for their first 2012 season races. CycleOps will be at the camp to provide support and work with riders to ensure a great start to the 2012 season.

CycleOps is part of Saris Cycling Group, Inc., and is located in Madison, WI. Since 1989, CycleOps has been developing a complete System of products designed to help cyclists reach new levels. From the word’s first wireless bicycle power meter to the first computer designed specifically for cyclists training with power; from the first fluid trainer to the world’s best-selling fluid trainer, to the first wireless electronic trainer; from the world’s first indoor cycle with power to an in-depth education program; from a full line of alloy and carbon wheelsets to PowerAgent software for post-workout analysis, and more. To find out more about CycleOps and the CycleOps System, please visit cycleops.com.

The Vacansoleil-DCM 2012 Team.

Movistar at the Tour Down Under
Press Release: Movistar Team prepares for their 2012 competitive debut. The squad led on Australian soil by Josй Luis Arrieta will open their season on Sunday (09.30 CET) as the Down Under Classic criterium is held over a 51k city course in Adelaide marking the preface for the Tour Down Under, who will kick off the 2012 UCI World Tour calendar. “Everything is going fine at the moment,” Arrieta comments from ‘Oz’. “While we were having Madrazo a bit sore at this point last year, this time, except for some pain in Rojas’s throat, everyone’s feeling OK. The weather is also good here, even a bit cool, with temperatures in the low 20’s Celsius, even through the forecast for next week says it could get up to 35єC.”

The telephone squad will complete four entire days of adaptation after landing in Australia prior to the racing: “We arrived here on Wednesday, and after eating and assembling our bikes, we did two and a half hours of training; then, three and a half on Thursday and four and a half today. We took advantage of the spare time to look at the finishes of Wednesday and Saturday, the two ones who must be decisive, but we didn’t pull on the gas too much because, even though all of them are feeling well, the adaptation and the time change are still there.” Arrieta is optimistic about Movistar Team’s opening competitions in 2012: “All riders could train properly at home and are in good form. Above all, they’re really willing to get this started, especially Alejandro, who is doing really well. The sensations are good but you can’t make any bets at the beginning of the season. With so many sprinters contesting for victory on Sunday, we won’t be taking more risks than necessary, and from Tuesday, we’ll see what we can do. The hilltop finish on Saturday seems to open the race for different riders, but it’s not a steep climb and the bonus second gathered by the sprinters might make it not decisive. We don’t have any reasons to be pessimist from our side”.

BMC Racing Team Scouts Tour Down Under
Press Release: The BMC Racing Team is using the days leading up to the Santos Tour Down Under to perform reconnaissance on several stages of the race, while also enjoying favorable weather in South Australia.

Stage Race Begins Tuesday
The six-stage, 854-kilometer WorldTour calendar opener begins Tuesday. But Sunday’s 51 km pre-race criterium in Adelaide should provide the BMC Racing Team an opportunity to showcase one of its new riders, Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said. “With the criterium, we’ll work for Adam Blythe to try to do something,” Verbrugghe said. “For the race itself, our goal is to get our main riders in the top 10 of the general classification.” Wednesday, the team’s seven riders scouted out the 148 km, second stage from Lobethal to Stirling. Friday, the BMC Racing Team will ride the 51 km, Stage 5 route that that finishes up Old Willunga Hill. “It was good to see some of the stages,” Marcus Burghardt said. “This year, I’m not having as much trouble with the jet lag and it’s also good that it’s not so hot here. So it’s been easier to adapt.”

BMC Racing Team Santos Tour Down Under Roster (Jan. 17-22):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA),
Adam Blythe (GBR),
Marcus Burghardt (GER),
Mathias Frank (SUI),
Martin Kohler (SUI),
Manuel Quinziato (ITA),
Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

BMC on Versus:

Growing Cycletta series aims to inspire thousands more women to cycle in 2012
Press Release: In 2011 Participate Sport Ltd launched the popular women-only Cycletta cycling series, which inspired nearly 2,000 women of all abilities take to their bikes to ride 40km alongside Olympic cycling Champion and Cycletta Ambassador Victoria Pendleton.

As we begin the Olympic year, Participate are set to build on this success by expanding the series even further. 2012 will see seven Cycletta events being held across England, with five brand new venues and routes added to the series, inspiring more women than ever before to take part and by doing so supporting Cycletta’s Charity Partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The new Cycletta 2012 dates are:
Bedfordshire – Woburn Abbey – 13th May
Wiltshire – Lydiard Park – 24th June
Warwickshire – Ragley Hall – July (exact date TBC)
Cornwall – St Michael’s Mount – 15th September (at the Festival of Sport)
Brighton – Plumpton Racecourse – 30th September
Cheshire – Tatton Park – 7th October
New Forest – Beaulieu Palace – 14th October

Cycletta Ambassador Victoria Pendleton MBE said: “Being able to cycle with so many girls during Cycletta last year was one of my highlights of 2011. 2012 should be a special year and I really hope that thousands more women will join me on a bike this year. Cycletta is the perfect event to get on two wheels with the girls and have some fun! I hope to see you out there”.

Each Cycletta ride will take place in a stunning family friendly venue and will feature all the unique touches that made the 2011 events so popular. Riders will face a 40km safely managed route on quiet country roads, with treat stops based along the route as well as the popular ‘pamper zone’ at the finish line. All riders will be able to tap into free pre-event training advice, cycle fashion wear, and a range of motivational information to make the build up to Cycletta almost as fun as the ride itself!

Macmillan Cancer Support are the official charity of the Cycletta series for the second year running and participants are encouraged to join ‘Team Macmillan’ and fundraise to help support the thousands of people affected by cancer in the UK.

Nick Rusling, Chief Executive of Participate Sport and Cycletta said: “We are so excited by the healthy growth of the Cycletta series. The Cycletta events are the most inspiring I have delivered as thousands of women, many of whom are nervous cyclists, are starting to see the joy and fun that cycling can offer”.

Entries for all Cycletta events open today. To register, please visit www.cycletta.co.uk.

Closed Road Etape Cymru Returns for 2012 Under New Organisation
Press Release: The closed road Etape Cymru will return to North Wales for 2012, after being taken over by experienced mass participation events company, Participate Sport.

The event will take place on Sunday 9th September 2012 under closed road conditions with the support of Wrexham and Denbighshire County Councils.

The 2012 event will once again feature a hugely challenging 100-mile route, fantastic scenery and local support. The route and organisation will receive some major modifications from the 2011 edition.

With extensive experience in the sport events industry, Participate Sport currently own and organise Cycletta, Cornwall Festival of Sport, British 10k London Run and Wiggle Dragon Ride. Many of the team, formerly at IMG Mass Participation Sport created and ran events such as Etape Caledonia, Etape Hibernia and Run to the Beat.

Nick Rusling, CEO of Participate Sport, previously set up the Etape Caledonia and Etape Hibernia events. The former Managing Director of IMG, talking of this year’s event, he said: “The Etape Cymru takes place in a spectacular part of the world with amazing scenery and great local support.”

He continued: “We’re used to delivering events to the highest possible standard and will be calling on our extensive experience of running events to make the Etape Cymru a success.”

The start of the Etape Cymru will be staggered, and the first 10 miles of the course will take place on wider roads than last year. This is to ensure that the field will spread out, and prevents the chance of overcrowding on narrow, winding roads. Significant changes to the traffic management and marshaling of the event will mean that the Etape Cymru lives up to standards of the amazing Clwydian scenery and support.

The Horseshoe Pass climb will be tackled much earlier in the ride, meaning that riders can attempt the challenging ascent with fresh legs, while also helping to disperse the field to make marshaling an easier task.

By improving the running of the sportive for 2012, Participate Sport will ensure that the event matches the standard of the fantastic setting. Participate have gathered the comments of 2011 riders and will be investing in key areas such as the start process, feed stations and the integrity of the closed roads, meaning riders will receive a top-class experience.

Team Sky rider and Olympic Gold medallist Geraint Thomas said of the event: “The route of the Etape Cymru in North Wales is absolutely spectacular and makes me proud to be a Welsh cyclist.

“I’ve got full confidence that the breathtaking scenery, closed road conditions and great Welsh hospitality will make the Etape Cymru on Sunday 9th September 2012 a very special event in the cycling calendar.”
He continued: “The team at Participate Sport organise great events and I’m pleased to be part of what’s going to be a fantastic day out in Wales for cyclists from all over the UK.”

Nick Rusling added: “We’ve listened to the comments of 2011 riders and are fully committed to making sure the Etape Cymru is a fantastic event and a fantastic experience. We also run the Wiggle Dragon Ride meaning riders will be able to enjoy beautiful cycling scenery in both North and South Wales this year.”

More information on the Etape Cymru can be found on: www.etape-cymru.co.uk. The event will cost Ј55 and entries are now open. Riders can enter the sold-out Wiggle Dragon Ride and the closed road Etape Cymru for a combined entry fee of Ј100, but places are limited.

PEZ Man Stephen Cheung; The Good-Luck Man?
Our own ToolBox editor Dr. Stephen Cheung has spent the winter months in Belgium, among other things discovering the world of pro-level cyclocross close up. It seems Steve’s series of encounters with the top pros have each been quickly followed by victories for that rider. Simple coincidence – or is it the Luck of PEZ? You be the judge.

– Pez interview with Bart Wellens results in his first big win in two years right afterwards
– Photo with Niels Albert at Zolder results in his winning at Loenhout two days later.
– And now a photo with Stybar this past Friday results in his winning the World Cup at Lievien, France right now! Race just finished and Stybar won after he spent the whole day off the front with Pauwels, but Pauwels tripped and fell hard on the stairs the last lap.

Seriously, the pros might need to have a bidding war to have a photo and interview with Stephen before Koksijde in two weeks! They’ll need to fly him back from Greece though, but it’ll be well worth it!

Stybar at Koksijde World Cup 2011.

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