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EuroTrash Monday!

There was so much racing at the week-end that I’ve had to leave a couple bits out of EuroTrash Monday, but don’t worry we have the usual results and video’s for your information and enjoyment. ”Top Story” is about drugs (again), this time footballers and confirmation of something we’ve suspected for a while. OK, lots to see and read, you’re going to need a large coffee today!

“Top Story”

Football a Clean Sport?
Football or Soccer has a lot of money at stake with clubs paying millions of Ђ’s to the players and (possibly) earning a fortune from their successes. With so much money to be won or lost there must be the temptation to use drugs, but football has not had many drug scandals over the years. There has always been talk of footballers using cortisone before and even during a game and then there is the player’s use of recreational drugs.

This week Irish peloton reported on a disclosure on the Irish radio show; Off the Ball from Scottish journalist Graham Hunter who is a big FC Barcelona fan and comments on Spanish football for the program. Hunter commented on the fitness of Xavi and that he was being injected with Human Growth Hormones by German Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mьller-Wohlfahrt of Bayern Munich. Its suggested that Mьller-Wohlfahrt is the Dr. Fuentes of football and that he has previously injected goats blood into sprinter Usain Bolt and English footballers Michael Own and Steven Gerrard, he also treated: Michael Jordan, Boris Becker, Andy Murray, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Brazilian Ronaldo, Jьrgen Klinsmann, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Maurice Greene, Michael Ballack, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Linford Christie, Kelly Holmes, Diego Maradona, Katarina Witt… Luciano Pavarotti and Bono!

If a cyclist had been suspected and reported on having used HGH there would be an outcry, with all the bad press that cycling gets.

If you want to read the original article have a look here.

Tour of Oman 2012
Marcel Kittel (1t4i) out sprinted a handful of top sprinters to win Stage 3 into Muscat Heights after 145 kilometres from Al Awabi. He took some big scalps including Andrй Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda), Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) and Mark Cavendish (Sky). After an early break was chased down by the 1t4t team, everything was set up for Kittel to take the honours. Andrй Greipel held onto the overall lead.

Tour of Oman Stage 3 Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i in 3:23:00
2. Andrй Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
4. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
6. Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
7. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
8. Mark Cavendish (GB) Sky
9. Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
10. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda.

Tour of Oman Overall After Stage 3:
1. Andrй Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol in 9:59:41
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:02
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:08
4. Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge at 0:09
5. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank at 0:11
6. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:12
7. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky
8. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:15
9. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda
10. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:19.

Stage 3 video:

Stage 4 went to Andrй Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) in Al Wadi Al Kabir at the end of 142 kilometres. Many of the sprinter were dropped on this hard day in mountains, many of them managed to get back on to the peloton, including stage winner and overall leader (again); Greipel who out sprinted Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Tour of Oman Stage 4 Result:
1. Andrй Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol in 3:37:02
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
3. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
5. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky
6. Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC
7. Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
8. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
9. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda
10. Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge.

Tour of Oman Overall After Stage 4:
1. Andrй Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol in 13:36:33
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:06
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:18
4. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan
5. Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge at 0:19
6. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank at 0:21
7. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky at 0:22
8. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:25
9. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda
10. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:29.

Stage 4:

2010 Vuelta a Espaсa winner; Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) escaped on the climb to Jabal Al Akhdhar to win Stage 5 and move up to second overall behind Peter Velits (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) who was second on the stage. On a hard day there wasn’t much action until Nibali made his move 5 kilometres before the finish with Velits fighting to catch him.

“It was a long race into the climbs today,” Velits said. “In the last climb Nibali attacked. I tried to jump in his wheel but I wasn’t able to catch him. I kept my pace in the middle between Nibali and the group that was behind me. I could try to stay with him. Maybe I made a little mistake at that point but I was waiting for the reaction of the group. When I realized that nobody was able to react I gave everything, thinking about the GC. The distance between me and Nibali remained the same but we gained time on the chasing group. When I crossed the line it was fantastic to hear that I’d taken the red jersey. Last time that I had a leader jersey on my shoulders it was 5 years ago. I was riding in South Africa at that time. Actually this is the first leader jersey of my career. I’m over the moon. The work we’ve done during the winter is repaying us now. Also today the team was fantastic and they really went for me during the stage! I’m really proud of our race. Tomorrow the race will finish in a circuit. I hope that nothing big is going to happen. We will see.”

Tour of Oman Stage 5 Result:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale in 4:43:47
2. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
3. Sandy Casar (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:25
4. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:30
5. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:37
6. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank at 0:47
7. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 0:55
8. Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone-Anchor at 0:57
9. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 1:01
10. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda at 1:02

Tour of Oman Overall After Stage 5:
1. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 18:20:58
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:01
3. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:17
4. Sandy Casar (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:21
5. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:30
6. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank
7. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 0:47
8. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:49
9. Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone-Anchor at 0:50
10. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:52.

And stage 5:

Peter Velits (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) held onto his 1 second lead over Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) on the Final Stage 6 to Martah Corniche over 130 kilometres. Velits did have one worry as it was thought that Nibali had taken a time bonus at an intermediate sprint, but it transpired that the race commissar had written down the wrong number. At the finish Project 1t4i rider; Marcel Kittel showed that he is one of the best bunch sprinters of the moment by winning the stage from Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda).

“It’s a great day, one of the best in my career,” Velits said after crossing the finish line. “During the race there was only a moment of panic when Nibali seemed to have gotten second place behind Boonen during the intermediate sprint. Luckily it was just a mistake in transcribing numbers from radio infos and the momentary fear quickly dissipated. The team controlled the race perfectly, easily taking me to the finish line. It’s my first win in a stage race, I am very happy. It’s a great beginning to the season, even though I’m aware the big races are still to come. What’s most important, though, is my state of form. Compared to the past, I have changed my approach to the season and I can see the results. It will be important to go on like this and keep growing race after race. My next race appointment will be the Tirreno-Adriatico, a very important race in which I wish to do well. I will train on my Specialized TTbike, too, in the next few days, in order to prepare for the two time-trial stages at the Tirreno. Tonight, though, I just want to celebrate this win with the whole team, to whom I dedicate this success. I wouldn’t have been able to win without their help.”

The BMC Racing Team wrapped up a solid week of racing Sunday at the Tour of Oman by again placing a rider in a breakaway before securing Klaas Lodewyck’s “most aggressive” rider jersey.

Lodewyck ‘Most Aggressive’ At Tour of Oman.
Lodewyck first pulled on the red, green and white jersey after Stage 2 after joining teammate Martin Kohler in a four-man breakaway. After losing it the next day, he earned it back by being part of a two-man move on Stage 4. “I had a safe ride today; my legs felt OK,” Lodewyck said. “This (winning the jersey) shows I worked well this winter and have good condition. I’m looking forward to my next race (Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne).” Michael Schдr, whose 16th place overall led the BMC Racing Team, was part of a short-lived four man breakaway through the first 40 kilometers before Marcel Kittel (Project 1t4i) took the stage win. Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) held onto a one-second lead over Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) to win the race overall. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers commended the team for integrating into breakaways five of the six stages. “We made an impact all week,” he said. “It was a good for everybody who was here, especially the guys doing the classics. They just need some recovery and then they’ll be good.”

Tour of Oman Stage 6 Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i in 3:11:04
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
3. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
4. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha
5. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
6. Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
7. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
8. Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
9. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
10. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha.

Tour of Oman Final Overall:
1. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 21:32:02
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:01
3. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:17
4. Sandy Casar (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:21
5. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:30
6. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank
7. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 0:47
8. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:49
9. Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone-Anchor at 0:50
10. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:52.

The final stage 6:

Volta ao Algarve 2012
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) won Stage 2 and took the overall of the Tour of Algarve after taking the sprint into Lagoa. As always an early break of three was pulled back after a lead of 3 minutes at one point and the Omega-Quick-Step team took up the lead work to the finish for their man Gerald Ciolek. Boasson Hagen was kept safe behind the lead-out and made his move in the last meters.

Volta ao Algarve Stage 2 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky in 4:57:23
2. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
3. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
4. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank
5. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
6. Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
7. Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural
8. Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Barracuda
9. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
10. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator

Volta ao Algarve Overall After Stage 2:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky in 8:59:30
2. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
3. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:04
4. Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
5. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank at 0:06
6. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale at 0:10
7. Bjцrn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Barracuda
9. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar
10. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan.

Stage 2 action:

The Sky team carried on dominating the Volta ao Algarve as their man; Richie Porte took over the overall lead from team mate Edvald Boasson Hagen at the end of Stage 4. Today was billed as the Queen stage from Castro Marim to Malhдo over 195 kilometres with four categorized climbs and a summit finish. An eight rider group went up the road early and gained a lead of around eight minutes. Sky worked very hard to bring them to heel and it was all together with 15 kilometers to the line. The peloton was held together Sky until Porte launched himself up the finishing climb for glory.

Steve Cummings of (BMC) had a bad day: Not even an hour into the 194.6 kilometer race, Cummings was taken down by another rider who had trouble negotiating a turn. “We were going down a little hill and this guy came from under me and hooked my handlebars,” Cummings said. “I didn’t even see it coming. You know what they say: what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.” BMC Racing Team Dr. Giovanni Ruffini said the fracture will likely keep Cummings out of action for at least a month. “Consulting with the other team doctors, we think he’ll have to be off his bike completely at least two weeks,” Ruffini said.

Volta ao Algarve Stage 3 Result:
1. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky in 4:55:11
2. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:08
3. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar
4. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:24
5. Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
6. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
7. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:31
8. Josй Mendes (Por) LA-Antarte at 0:35
9. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:40
10. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky.

Volta ao Algarve Overall After Stage 3:
1. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky in 13:54:41
2. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:12
3. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar at 0:14
4. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:34
5. Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
6. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
7. Josй Mendes (Por) LA-Antarte at 0:45
8. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:48
9. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 0:49
10. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:50.

Stage 3:

The Sky team plan was to keep it all together on Stage 4 so there would be no surprises for their overall leader; Richie Porte before the final individual time trial. The Omega Pharma – Quick-Step lead-out train worked perfectly for Gerald Ciolek who took the stage and team mate Matteo Trentin in second.

“The sprint was fantastic because the team controlled the race in every moment from the beginning,” Ciolek said after his victory. “Then the final with the entire team — it’s unbelievable how all the riders know their jobs really well, and their position. Everyone knows what they have to do at whichever moment of the race. I don’t want to say it was easy to win, but it was a big help to have riders like these together. In the last kilometer I think it was Tony who pulled the sprint. Then there was a roundabout at about 450 meters from the finish. At that time I asked Matteo to pull for my sprint and he did it perfectly.”

Volta ao Algarve Stage 4 Result:
1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 4:35:01
2. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
3. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
5. Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural
6. Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Barracuda
7. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
9. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
10. Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator.

Volta ao Algarve Overall After Stage 4:
1. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky in 18:29:42
2. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar at 0:12
3. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
4. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:34
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
6. Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
7. Josй Mendes (Por) LA-Antarte at 0:45
8. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:48
9. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 0:49
10. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:50.

Stage 4:

Richie Porte (Sky) finished 3rd to the two time trial specialist’s; Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) and Final Stage 5 winner and team mate Bradley Wiggins to take the final overall. Martin, Wiggins and Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) moved up the overall to push Rui Costa (Movistar) down to 5th.

Volta ao Algarve Stage 5:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 32:48
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
3. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky at 0:13
4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 0:14
5. Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
6. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 0:29
7. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:39
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:53
9. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 0:56
10. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank.

Volta ao Algarve Final Overall:
1. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky in 19:02:43
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:37
3. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 0:44
4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 0:50
5. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar at 0:58
6. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan at 1:02
7. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 1:13
8. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 1:14
9. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 1:33
10. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 1:39.

Stage 5 TT video:

Tour du Haut Var 2012
The revelation of the Tour Mйditerranйen; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura) carried his form on to the two stage Tour du Haut Var at the week-end. Stage 1 from Draguignan to La Croix Valmer went to Romain Hardy of Bretagne-Schuller who outsprinted his break away partner; Clйment Koretzky riding for La Pomme Marseille. The two had broken away to hold their lead to the finish, Tiernan-Locke went after them in the finalй for third place. In the last 2 kilometres of Stage 2 from Frйjus to Fayence, Tiernan-Locke attacked to take the stage and overall for a fine week for the Endura team and especially for Jonathan.

After the race Tiernan-Locke said: “It’s perfectly suited to me round here, punchy climbs that sap legs. I could actually enjoy it today because at the Tour Mйditerranйen I felt a lot of pressure, but here I was confident coming into the race that I could actually win this and I could relax a bit. To be honest I’m quite glad I didn’t win yesterday even though I thought it might be my only chance.”

“I knew yesterday I could probably win this, I struggled on the fast bits but when it became a slogfest I knew I would be strong, plus of course I knew I would have some strong team mates up with me looking after me. They did a great job. I’m so happy that my form has come good this early.”

Tour du Haut Var Stage 1 Result:
1. Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller in 4:47:10
2. Clйment Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
3. Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (GB) Endura at 0:06
4. Jeremie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:11
5. Simon Clarke (Aus) Greenedge
6. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar
7. Josй Joaquнn Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar
8. Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s
9. Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
10. Russel Downing (GB) Endura.

Stage 1 from Daily Motion:


44иme Tour du Haut Var-matin йtape 1 samedi 18… por france3cotedazur

Tour du Haut Var Stage 2 Result:
1. Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (GB) Endura in 5:23:13
2. Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1-Sanofi at 0:01
3. Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:04
4. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:11
5. Simon Clarke (Aus) Greenedge at 0:13
6. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 0:19
7. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana
8. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
9. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin-Barracuda
10. Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller.

Tour du Haut Var Final Overall:
1. Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (GB) Endura in 10:10:29
2. Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1-Sanofi at 0:06
3. Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:09
4. Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller at 0:13
5. Simon Clarke (Aus) Greenedge at 0:18
6. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:20
7. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:24
8. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:28
9. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana
10. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FdJ-BigMat.

Stage 2 on Daily Motion:


Tour du Haut Var-matin dimanche 19.02 por france3cotedazur

Trofeo Laigueglia 2012
The Liquigas-Cannondale rider Moreno Moser won the Laigueglia Trophy after a hard race that saw the peloton whittled down over the many climbs toward the finish. At the base of the last climb of the day, the Capo Mele, the race was between a group of 20 riders, after the climb Moser attacked inside the last 3 kilometres to gain a gap that he held to the finish line. The nephew of Francesco Moser held off the fast group that was led in by Miguel Angel Rubiano Chaves (Androni-Giocattoli) and Mateo Monaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

Trofeo Laigueglia Result:
1. Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale in 4:58:15
2. Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli
3. Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale
4. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago-Csf Inox
5. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
6. Marco Frapporti (Ita) Team Idea
7. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana
8. Edoardo Girardi (Ita) Utensilnord Named
9. Francesco Reda (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
10. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-ISD.

Not the most Pro video, but very Italian!

Vuelta a Andalucнa-Ruta Ciclista del Sol 2012
The 6 kilometre prologue of the Vuelta a Andalucнa went to the German Patrick Gretsch (Project 1t4i) 2 seconds faster than Markel Irizar (RadioShack-Nissan). There are four more stages around the south of Spain, finishing in La Guardia de Jaйn on Thursday.

Vuelta a Andalucнa-Ruta del Sol Prologue Result:
1. Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1t4i in 6:49
2. Markel Irizar (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan at 0:02
3. Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:03
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank at 0:06
5. Goikan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 0:08
6. Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team Netapp at 0:10
7. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank at 0:11
9. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1t4i
10. Josй Ivбn Gutiйrrez (Spa) Movistar at 0:12.

Vuelta a Andalucнa-Ruta del Sol Overall After The Prologue:
1. Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1t4i in 6:49
2. Markel Irizar (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan at 0:02
3. Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:03
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank at 0:06
5. Goikan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 0:08
6. Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team Netapp at 0:10
7. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank at 0:11
9. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1t4i
10. Josй Ivбn Gutiйrrez (Spa) Movistar at 0:12.

The race Promo video:

RadioShack-Nissan Team in Tour of Andalucнa – Ruta Ciclista del Sol

Tour of Andalucнa – Ruta Ciclista del Sol (Spain), Feb 19-23
Riders:
Daniele Bennati,
Linus Gerdemann,
Markel Irizar,
Maxime Monfort,
Frдnk Schleck,
Jens Voigt,
Haimar Zubeldia.

New dawn for British cycling with groundbreaking agreement signed in the Olympic Park
PressRelease: As the world’s greatest track cyclists compete in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung, a London 2012 test event, the sport was today (17 February) given a massive boost with the signing of a new agreement to increase Britain’s future medal chances and deliver a long term legacy for track cycling.

The agreement, signed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, which will own and manage the Velodrome in the Olympic Park after the Games, the National Cycling Centre, Manchester, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow and British Cycling, the sport’s National Governing Body aims to:

unite the organisations to develop future track cycling champions through programmes to attract a new generation of participants to the sport and discover the stars of tomorrow.

collaborate to bring high profile international track cycling competitions, events and top riders to the country and develop event programmes across the UK. The popular Revolution series – already a big hit in Manchester, will now be staged at all three velodromes as part of the agreement. This is the first of many new events which will be developed over the next few years

work together on a range of national and regional events for all levels of cyclists to enhance cycling as a sport, a recreational activity and means of sustainable transport

share best practice between all four organisations and work together on strategy, procurement and profile to ensure the best use of public money

Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and The Olympics said: “This agreement is a big boost for cycling in Britain. It will help us uncover new cycling talent, host World class events and promote the sport across the country, encouraging the next generation to take up cycling.”

Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) said: “The signing of this agreement is a fantastic step forward for cycling in the UK with the goal of delivering first rate cycling facilities and programmes. The Velodrome in the Olympic Park will leave a legacy in East London, and with this agreement in place it is a great step forward to extend this legacy nationwide.”

Brian Cookson OBE, British Cycling’s President said: “These are exciting times for cycling and through working closely with Manchester, Glasgow and London, British Cycling looks forward to continuing to grow our sport. The signing of this agreement ensures we maximise the benefits of having three world-class facilities in terms of our ability to bid for and host major events which bring the world’s leading riders to our shores. It also means we can provide more opportunities for more people to get into the sport. What could be more inspiring for riders, young or old, to give it a go themselves by being able to do so on the tracks that the likes of Hoy and Pendleton have ridden?”

Derrick Ashley, chairman of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: “This collaboration will produce long term benefits for enthusiasts and cycling fans across the country. Uniting with Manchester, Glasgow and British Cycling will ensure Lee Valley VeloPark has the best start and young British talent has every possible chance.”

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “The National Cycling Centre not only provides an excellent facility for elite athletes, but also caters for local grass-roots cyclists inspired by Team GB. Furthermore, the addition of the Indoor BMX Track allows us to offer broader cycling to residents. This new agreement will allow us to build on our success in promoting cycling while continuing to host major cycling events.”

Councillor George Redmond, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow is one of the world’s great sporting cities, with a growing reputation for delivering world-class events. We are looking forward to adding track cycling to our events programme when the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome opens its doors for the first time later this year. The partnership with Manchester and London will ensure the very top names in track cycling compete in our venues over the coming years and will cement the UK’s position as one of the leading destinations for cycling events.”

After the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Velodrome in the Olympic Park will form the epicentre of Lee Valley VeloPark which will also be made up of the London 2012 BMX track, a one-mile road circuit and mountain bike trails. Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will be completed later this year and will host track cycling when the Commonwealth Games take place in the city in 2014. They will join the highly successful National Cycling Centre in Manchester which is home to the British Cycling Federation and has hosted many high profile events including the 2002 Commonwealth Games track cycling competition, to create a group of world class venues across the UK.

Jason Kenny Get’s Jersey!
After France’s sprinter, Grйgory Baugй was stripped of his Sprint World championship title due to his doping “where abouts” infringements, the rainbow jersey was presented to the runner up Great Britain’s Jason Kenny in a very small ceremony in front of a handful of journalists in a back room in front of a handful of journalists at the Olympic Velodrome in London by British Cycling’s president Brain Cookson. There was a full house of cycling fans who could have cheered Kenny receiving his Worlds jersey, but that didn’t happen and worse yet the jersey was for a Junior World champion. Better than nothing I would guess.

The Kenny/Baugй race:


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