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A Mega long EuroTrash for this Monday; we have the finalй of Paris-Nice in France and the continuation of Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy with all the video action. ”Top Story” is a happy doping story as Bart Wellens proves his innocence after his heart problem. Loads of the usual stuff and we finish with an animation on the wheel change. I think you might need an extra large coffee this morning?

“Top Story”
It makes a change to write of someones innocence, but it looks like Bart Wellens has done nothing wrong.

Bart Wellens Proves Innocence
After Bart Wellens had his heart problem and hospitalisation the night before the Belgian National cyclo-cross championships there has been many rumours and accusations as to the cause, drugs being the main one. He has always professed his innocence and his own doctor had said that the heart muscle inflammation was caused by a viral infection which eventually was pin pointed to a bad tooth. According to the Gazet van Antwerpen the blood and hair samples from Wellens have shown that the Belgian cross star had not taken anything he shouldn’t have. “This is proof that I had taken nothing and that I had always been honest”, said Bart Wellens. Samples had been taken since the 2nd of February, his house had also been searched and his brother Geert has also been tested.

Happier times for Bart in the 2004 World championships:

Paris-Nice 2012
Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) won Stage 5 through the mountains to Mende. He attacked a lead group of all the star riders and put 6 second into overall leader; Bradley Wiggins (Sky) to move into second spot. Behind the front group it was like a plane crash with riders spread all over the final climb. Westra and Wiggins had Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) and Simon Spilak (Katusha) with them coming to the last kilometres. Westra jumped, but no one could react, Wiggins tried but couldn’t close, in the end Valverde out sprinted Wiggins for second. Had Westra not sat up before the line he probably would have moved into the lead.

“It was a hard race with a lot of wind and cold from the beginning,” Levi Leipheimer told the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step web-site. “On the final climb I have to say that Team Sky did a great job. Richie Porte made the rhythm until the last kilometer and then Wiggins took things in his hands. Westra did a big number anticipating everybody and now is entered in the fight for the GC win. As far as I’m concerned, I think I did a good race with once again a great team around me. It’s a pity that I didn’t take the bonification seconds at the finish. Bradley surprised me and he finished 3rd behind Valverde. In any case it was a good stage for me. I’m always in the fight for the win. If nothing strange happens in the next 2 stages, the race will be decided in the last time trial. It will be important to be there on Sunday fresh and ready to fight.”

Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) came down in a bad crash breaking his left shoulder blade.

Paris-Nice Stage 5 Result:
1. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM in 4:52:46
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:06
3. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky
4. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
5. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha
6. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 0:16
7. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
8. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:24
9. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky
10. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar at 0:30.

Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 5:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 18:23:40
2. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:06
3. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:10
4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:18
5. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 0:37
6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 0:39
7. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:46
8. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 1:06
9. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 1:16
10. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana at 1:21.

Stage 5 action:

Rabobank’s Luis Leon Sanchez out sprinted his break away partner, Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan) at the end of Stage 6 to Sisteron after 176 kilometres. An original break contained Sanchez and Voigt along with Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM), Simon Geschke (Project 1t4i), Mickael Cherel (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Anthony Geslin (FdJ-BigMat), and Daniel Navarro (Saxo Bank), they built up a lead of 4 minutes at one point, but the Sky team chased to bring them back to 2 minutes with under 30 kilometres to the finish. Voigt put the pressure on climbing the Cфte des Marquises and only Sanchez could follow. On the run-in to the finish the bunch could see the two escapees as they finished 14 seconds ahead of Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda) taking the bunch sprint. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) kept the overall lead for another day.

Paris-Nice Stage 6 Result:
1. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank in 4:07:58
2. Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
3. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:14
4. Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
5. Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-ISD
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
7. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis
8. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM
9. Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1t4i
10. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana.

Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 6:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky at 22:31:52
2. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:06
3. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:10
4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:18
5. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 0:37
6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 0:39
7. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:46
8. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 1:06
9. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 1:16
10. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana at 1:21.

Stage 6:

Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) had a solo victory on Stage 7 to Nice after breaking away with Rein Taaramae (Cofidis). The two built up a lead of over 12 minutes, but De Gendt dropped Taaramae on the Col de Vence and rode away to a 6 minute lead by the finish. Behind him the Sky team were keeping everything together for overall leader Wiggins, but big looser of the day was Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) who crashed twice and finished 17 minutes behind De Gendt and lost all hope of winning Paris-Nice.

“On the first crash, there was a corner with gravel and I dropped my vest into my front wheel because everybody reacted,” Levi Leipheimer said.”I was holding my vest but had to let go to brake and it went in the front wheel. By the time I crashed I was going slow so it was not such a big deal. I hit my wrist, which is swollen but it was OK. I got on my spare bike, but I did the Col de Vence climb and wasn’t feeling as good on my bike. I wanted to get back on my other bike, back on the first bike. On the downhill, I was right there at the front with Bradley Wiggins and Alejandro Valverde. I was fine, I was paying attention, but someone from behind wasn’t and they hit me hard and broke my bike at the same time as Movistar attacked. Stijn Vandenbergh and Kevin de Weert and Dries Devenyns and Tony Martin waited for me, but we were really close to the bunch. We arrived close to the group, but in the right corner there was a motorbike protecting someone from Lampre who crashed. We couldn’t avoid them. I think everyone passed except Dries and I couldn’t avoid it, and I crashed into him. It’s easy for me to say I could have done this or that tomorrow, but that’s part of the race. It was just bad luck.”

Paris-Nice Stage 7 Result:
1. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM in 5:11:48
2. Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis at 6:18
3. John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1t4i at 9:24
4. Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol
5. Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC
6. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar
7. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge
9. Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha
10. Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-ISD.

Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 7:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 27:53:04
2. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:06
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:18
4. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 0:37
5. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 0:39
6. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:46
7. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 1:06
8. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 1:16
9. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana at 1:21
10. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha at 2:24.

Stage 7:

So the Stage 8 time trial and overall came down to a battle between leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM). It came as no surprise that Wiggins beat Westra by 2 seconds over the 9.6 kilometre climb of the Col d’Eze. Wiggins had 6 seconds advantage going into the stage and with time check though out, there wasn’t any shocks for Wiggins. Westra started fast but faded after the 5.5 kilometre time check where he was 2 seconds up. Wiggins took the stage and overall.

Behind Wiggins and Westra was Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in 3rd place, he had this to say: “The goal when coming to this race was winning a stage, and we got it. I already stated that everything coming after that would be a bonus, and this podium really is it. I’m really happy with the third place. Even though I’m always on front, I don’t get to win the overall of Paris-Nice, but the important thing is that I’m there, fighting with the top riders in the biggest races. I knew there were few chances to close in on Wiggins and Westra because they were riding very strong and the ITT was in favour of them more than myself. Despite all that, I had a good feeling on the road and knew that I was going to clock a good time. I want to thank everyone from the team because they were incredible throughout the week. This podium is theirs, and also the first place in the World Tour ranking, which makes me really happy and would have been impossible to reach without them.”

Paris-Nice Stage 8 Result:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 19:12
2. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:02
3. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:33
4. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 0:47
5. Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:51
6. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:52
7. Andreas Klцden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:58
8. David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis at 0:59
9. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD
10. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky at 1:06

Paris-Nice Final Overall:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 28:12:16
2. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:08
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1:10
4. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 1:24
5. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 1:54
6. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FdJ-BigMat at 2:13
7. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan at 2:21
8. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 2:42
9. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana at 3:30
10. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha at 3:59.

And the final TT:

Tirreno-Adriatico 2012
World champion Marc Cavendish showed his jersey to the fore of Stage 2 by taking the victory in Indicatore after a long 230 kilometre stage from San Vincenzo. There was an early break by Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini-Sella Italia) and Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago-CSF Inox), they stayed or were left out front until the finishing circuit and 30 kilometres to go. On the circuit of Indicatore a few brave individuals tried their luck to no avail, the Garmin-Barracuda did a great job for Tyler Farrar, but he just didn’t have the finishing power to beat the Manxman, Oscar Freire (Katusha) came round Farrar for second. Matt Goss (GreenEdge) was held up a little by a big crash on the run in, but kept the overall lead.

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2 Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Sky in 6:32:32
2. Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha
3. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
5. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox
6. Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
7. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
8. Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana
9. William Bonnet (Fra) FdJ-BigMat
10. Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi.

Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 2:
1. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge in 6:51:13
2. Stuart O’Grady (Aus) GreenEdge
3. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge
4. Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge
5. Mark Cavendish (GB) Sky at 0:13
6. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
7. Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:17
8. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
9. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan
10. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda.

Stage 2:

Edvald Boasson Hagen gave the Sky team its second in a row win in Stage 3 by beating top sprinters; Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) to the line in Terni. For most of the day Filippo Savini (Colnago-CSF) was out front on his own taking a lead of nearly 12 minutes by the 30 kilometre mark, he was eventually caught with less than 30 kilometres left. Sky led Boasson Hagen out for the win and overall leader Matt Goss (GreenEdge) was 6th to hold the lead.

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 3 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky in 4:45:31
2. Andrй Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
4. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
5. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale
6. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge
7. Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Francisco Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar
9. Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
10. Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:03

Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 3:
1. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge at 11:36:44
2. Stuart O’Grady (Aus) GreenEdge at 0:03
3. Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge
4. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge
5. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:13
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
7. Mark Cavendish (GB) Sky at 0:14
8. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:20
9. Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
10. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan.

Stage 3:

Stage 4 was won by Peter Sagan, but it was possibly at the expense of his Liquigas-Cannondale team mate Vincenzo Nibali as Sagan jumped after Nibali when it looked like the Italian would have won the stage, in the end Nibali finished 3rd as Roman Kreuziger (Astana) came past him too. An early break of seven riders had a lead of 12 minutes after around 100 kilometres, this dropped until they were caught with 15 kilometres to go at around the same time overall leader Matt Goss (GreenEdge) was dropped. On the final climb the action was started by Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) he was caught by Dani Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone) with Sagan, Nibali, Kreuziger and Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan). Sagan won the stage and Horner finished 5th in the same time as the others to take the overall from Kreuziger and Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge).

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 4 Result:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale in 7:24:50
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
4. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
5. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
6. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:08
7. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:10
8. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 0:12
9. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
10. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha.

Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 4:
1. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan in 19:01:54
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 0:07
3. Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge at 0:13
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:21
5. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone at 0:22
6. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:30
7. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana at 0:32
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:34
9. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 0:35
10. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:36.

The last K of stage 4:

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) made up for the previous day’s disappointment by winning Stage 5 to peak of the Prato di Tivo after 196 kilometres. Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) defended his overall lead finishing 3rd on the stage behind Roman Kreuziger (Astana). Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol), Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Kristoff Goddaert (Ag2r-La Mondiale) made a long break away attempt, but were reeled back in on the final climb for more attacks to start. Nibali made his move within the last 5 kilometres chased by Horner with Kreuziger on his tail. Nibali won by 16 seconds and moved up to 3rd overall with two stages still to go.

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5 Result:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale in 5:46:33
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 0:16
3. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
4. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:18
5. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox
7. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:23
8. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 00:37
9. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
10. Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:53.

Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 5:
1. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan in 24:48:39
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 0:05
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:12
4. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:45
5. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 0:47
6. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:48
7. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 1:00
8. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 1:10
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox at 1:17
10. Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge at 1:23.

Stage 5 highlights:

Marcel Wyss to NetApp
Marcel Wyss rode for the doomed Geox-TMC team last year and the future looked bad, but he has signed for the NetApp for 2012. He has Grand Tour experience as he has ride the Giro d’Italia in 2010 and 2011 and will bring needed strength and experience to the team for this year Italian Tour. He takes the place of Steven Cozza who had to leave due to ill health.

Follow the NetApp team in the Giro on video
The NetApp team will be releasing video documentaries on the team from the 12th March following them through this year’s Giro d’Italia, 5 episodes before and 10 episodes during the Italian Grand Tour. Here is the trailer, but you will be able to see all the others here on EuroTrash.

Nick Nuyens Fractures Hip
Originally thought to have come off unscathed in his crash during the prologue of Paris-Nice, it has been discovered that he has a fracture of his hip and he will have to stop training for two weeks meaning he will not be able to defend his Ronde van Vlaanderen victory from last year. This is bad news for the Saxo Bank team which was hoping to help him repeat last year’s race and help them to stay in the UCI WorldTour.

This is Nuyens winning last year:

Tour de Pologne, “Preview” to the 2012 Route
Press Release: As we await the official presentation of the 2012 Tour de Pologne, which will be held in the Polish capital of Warsaw in the month of April, let’s take a peek at a few details that have been revealed about the route.

“Some information on the 2012 route has already come out,” explains the Director of the Tour de Pologne, Czeslaw Lang. “Of course, this is inevitable and we are also pleased because it highlights the ever growing interest that surrounds the Tour de Pologne and the enthusiasm of the city commissions for the towns that will be hosting the starts and arrivals of the various stages. The Tour de Pologne will be officially presented to the press and the public in Warsaw in April; the date will be announced shortly,” continues Lang. “For the moment, though, we can say that once again this year we’ve done what we could to design a technical and spectacular route with a good balance between mountain stages for attackers and men going for the general classification, and stages dedicated to the sprinters. Compared to the last editions, this year there will be a little more uphill, also in the initial stages and not just in the last days of the race.”

In fact the Tour de Pologne will start off from Karpacz, in the mountainous region of Lower Slesia – which has already been the site of historical stages and which has hosted many important stages – on Monday, July 10th, to wrap up after 7 stages on Monday, July 16th, in Kracow, for a total of more than 1100 kilometres. In the third stage we are going to revisit the evocative and technical circuit of Cieszyn, which features a brief adventure beyond borders into the Czech Republic, where last year Peter Sagan clinched the stage success and the yellow jersey. Anyway, there will also be space for the sprinters with the stage on the fast circuit in Katowice and the grand finale in Krakow. As always, though, what will make a difference in the classification will be the climbs in the stages of Zakopane and Bukowina Tatrzanska, where in 2012 the duel for the yellow jersey between Peter Sagan and Daniel Martin lit up the race and drove the crowds wild.

“Again this year the route will cover the Southern central part of the country, which is where there are the most mountains,” explains Czeslaw Lang. “We would always like to bring the race to all the cities, we always have a lot of requests and this makes us very happy, but unfortunately it isn’t possible; Poland has a vast territory; this is why we try to rotate, edition after edition, to try to touch as many different areas of the country as we can.”

Stage 7 of the 2011 Tour de Pologne:

Registration Now Open for 2012 Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Press Release: Event promoter Midwest Cycling Series, LLC, has announced registration is now open for the 2012 Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (ToAD) at www.PreRace.com.

The fourth year of the omnium competition, now the largest competitive cycling event in the U.S., will travel throughout 11 Wisconsin communities, June 21-July 1, and include two road races and nine criteriums, four of which will be on the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC).

2012 Schedule for Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board:

Thursday, June 21
Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic (Pro Men and Pro Women races only).

Friday, June 22
East Troy Cycling Classic (criterium).

Saturday, June 23
Giro d’ Grafton (criterium).

Sunday, June 24
Waukesha Carl Zach Cycling Classic (criterium).

Monday, June 25
Greenbush Road Race.

Tuesday, June 26
Schlitz Park Criterium (Downtown Milwaukee).

Wednesday, June 27
Town of Erin Road Race.

Thursday, June 28 **NCC Event **
Sheboygan Harbor Centre Bike Race.

Friday, June 29 **NCC Event **
Commonwealth Classic in Fond du lac (Criterium).

Saturday, June 30 **NCC Event **
Downer Classic (criterium on Milwaukee’s Eastside).

Sunday, July 1 **NCC Event **
Madison Criterium.

Updates will be announced on the Official Website (www.TourofAmericasDairyland.com), on Facebook (Tour of America’s Dairyland), and on Twitter (@ToADcyclingrace; hashtag: #TofAD).

Zero-3000 Extreme Race
Look for a team mate on facebook!

Press Release: Starting today aspiring competitors for the Duo-Iron category in the Zero-3000 Extreme Race have one more opportunity for the chance to participate in the compelling, extreme challenge scheduled for Saturday, April 14th, which starts from Asolo (TV) by bicycle and arrives to Punta Rocca, on the Marmolada (BL) with mountaineer skis.
Anyone who is looking for a race companion can go to the “domanda/question” section of the Zero-3000 Extreme Race Facebook page and post their contact information and sports highlights. The posts published on the wall will automatically constitute an invitation to be contacted by cyclists or mountaineer skiers that are interested in a “two man race” but who still haven’t found the right partner.

In fact, the regulations for the Zero-3000 Extreme Race offer the chance to race in pairs: the first athlete will cover the cycling segment (124 km for an altitude change of 1900 m) while the second will climb the Marmolada on skis (12 km for an altitude change of 1815 m). The Duo-Iron category will have different men’s, women’s and mixed team rankings with a Ђ1000.00 prize for each winning pair.

In the meantime, registration continues at our website: www.zerotremila.com. “We are receiving a great response; every day athletes from all over Italy and the world are contacting us. The idea of an extreme challenge in a spectacular setting like the one in our Dolomites is very popular,” says Marco Sartori of the organising committee. “At the same time, though, many athletes have indicated that they would like to participate in the Duo-Iron category but they don’t have a partner to be able to register. Facebook is one of the most widespread social networks and it can definitely help them get into contact with men and women of steel from around the world.”

Zero-3000 Extreme Race… nulla и impossibile…

Wings For Life Charity Goes to the Inaugural Festival of Sport, Cornwall
Spinal Cord injury charity Wings For Life raises money at new sports event by offering free triathlon places to fundraisers

Press Release: Spinal cord injury charity Wings for Life has partnered with the Festival of Sport to encourage participation and fundraising at a new sporting festival being held in Mount’s Bay, West Cornwall between 14th-16th September. For triathlon enthusiasts willing to raise funds for the charity, Wings for Life are giving away free individual and team places in the triathlon events.

Competitors of all abilities will be encouraged to complete a sporting challenge while raising funds for spinal cord injury research at the same time. Events on offer include triathlon, road cycling, open water swimming and beach runs. There will also be live music, beach sports and much more festival fun. The events will be take place against a backdrop of stunning scenery around St Michael’s Mount in Mount’s Bay, Marazion.

Not only will teams or individuals who take on a Sprint, Olympic or Middle Distance triathlon in aid of Wings for Life receive a free place in the event, they will also be given training advice from highly acclaimed fitness coaches Faye Downey and Darren Roberts, free entry into a competition to win a complete triathlon kit and personalised fundraising support.

Wings for Life are the Festival of Sport’s official charity partner and their mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury through cutting edge medical research. Co-founded by Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz and the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner, the charity are fortunate to have Red Bull as their primary corporate partner.

Red Bull supports the charity by covering all of their administrative costs which means that 100% of all money raised goes directly to support world-class research into spinal cord injury. Every eight hours, someone in the UK suffers a spinal cord injury. Through vital research, Wings for Life aims to make important improvements to their lives.

For more information about supporting Wings for Life at the Festival of Sport, please visit www.wingsforlife.com/en-gb/news-events/events or contact [email protected] For a full schedule of the events available at the Festival of Sport, visit www.festivalofsport.net.

Karl Platt takes the Yellow Jersey in The Cape Rouleur, 5th-7th March 2012
Press Release: Wednesday was the 3rd and final stage of The Cape Rouleur, from HotChillee. Former HotChillee Ride Captain, Mike Attenborough won the General Classification, but Karl Platt took the Yellow Jersey, becoming the overall winner based on points gained throughout the three stages.

Stage 3 was the longest day of the three-stage race and saw riders take a 205km route through some of the Western Cape’s most spectacular roads, climbing a total of 2504m.

The course took the cyclists from Franschhoek over Helshoogte (“Hellish Hill”) descending into the university town of Stellenbosch and heading south towards Gordon’s Bay. From here, the riders took one of the most scenic coastal roads in the world, passing Betty’s Bay where penguins can be found. The ride then turned inland at Kleinmond, over the Houhoek pass from the other direction returning again via Theewaterskloof dam and back over the hard 8km climb that is Franschhoek pass. The cyclists then descended into Franschhoek. All in all, it was an intensely challenging, but beautiful stage and riders were met by local children singing, changing and waving flags from Charity partner, Christel House.

Evarne Rees held on to the Pink Jersey, making the quickest time out of the women. The young and incredibly talented South African road cyclist, Brandon Knowlden managed to reclaim the Red Jersey and was crowned ‘King of the Mountains’. Brandon, along with Dwayne Fisher, both received sponsored places from HotChillee based on their cycling prowess. The Green Jersey was held on to by Max Knox, making him the strongest sprinter in The Cape Rouleur.

The day was followed by prizes and a VIP dinner with dignitaries and press. Triple Crown Winner, Stephen Roche and the voice of cycling, Phil Liggett presented the awards and prizes. The following day sees an escorted, relaxed and sociable ride back into the city.

Berkshire Cycling Classic Announced
Lenox, MA To Host International Event

Press Release: Sparta Cycling is pleased to announce the first annual Berkshire Cycling Classic in Lenox, Massachusetts on May 6, 2012. The recreational cycling event, run in a classic format known internationally as a Cyclosportif , is held on a professional racecourse and open to cyclists of all abilities and ages but aimed at riders looking for a challenging experience. Sparta Cycling, a specialist international race production company, is creating a “day in the pros” for the enthusiast rider.

Lenox, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains provides the perfect host venue for a challenging Cyclosportif. “This is a wonderful and largely undiscovered cycling region”, said John Eustice of Sparta, ” containing a great mix of New England charm, tough terrain and world class hospitality.”

“The town of Lenox is excited to host the first annual Berkshire Cycling Classic and welcome cyclists to discover Lenox and the Berkshires,” said Dave Roche, Select Board member of the Town of Lenox. “We hope this will be a great weekend getaway for them and their families as they enjoy the beautiful countryside and the area’s cultural attractions, recreation activities, restaurants, and spas.”

Cyclosportif is a French term for a recreational cycling event where participation can number in the thousands and include riders from around the globe. The Italian term “gran fondo”, or big ride, is often used for these events in the United States. Both recreational and racing cyclists use Cyclosportif events as a personal challenge against distance and terrain and to get the experience of a European pro cycling event.

The first annual Berkshire Cycling Classic in Lenox, Massachusetts on Sunday May 6, 2012, will feature route selections of 62 and 81 miles (100k and 130k). Overall
times for both distances will be recorded and ranked according to age groups.

The long and hilly routes provide the perfect settings for those who wish to test their legs in a friendly and competitive atmosphere. “This is a fantastic course “,
explained Eustice, a former US Pro Cycling champion. “It is a very challenging route, reminiscent of a Tour de France stage in the Vosges Mountains of Eastern France. “

Registered riders of the Berkshire Cycling Classic will receive technical support provided by Mavic USA, well-positioned “feed zones”, or rest stops, complete with
energy food, choices for hydration, and areas to relax as they tackle the course. Pre-registered riders will receive a commemorative t-shirt and vendors will be on-hand to sell a limited edition jersey. Following the main event, riders and their families will be invited to a post-ride celebrations hosted by our many local partners (locations to be announced later this month).

For more information, please visit: www.berkshirecyclingclassic.com.

InsideCycling.TV Gives Cycling Fans First Look at 2012
USA CRITS Championship Series

LIVE Webcast of Delray Beach Twilight Festival March 9 & 10, 2012.

Press Release: Top shelf American criterium racing kicks off for the sixth year in March 2012 with the return of the USA CRITS Championship Series. Encompassing 11 high-speed cycling events in some of the country’s most dynamic communities, the USA CRITS Series features four new events and $50,000 in overall prize money. InsideCycling.TV (ICTV) announces that it will provide the live internet broadcast for this weekend’s Pro Men’s and Women’s races on March 9 & 10, 2012. Live streaming video of the festival and races, with athlete interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, will be produced and broadcast by InsideCycling.TV on Friday, March 9th from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday, March 10th from 6pm to 10p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

“We’re beyond excited!” says race director Chelsea Midlarsky. “Since we’re a first year event, it’s an honor to kick off the series. We have a great 1-kilometer course that will go through our prime shopping and restaurant district during our high tourist season. It’s going to be a great way to introduce cycling to a lot of people who don’t know the sport.”

From Delray the series continues with another new event – the Athlete Octane Old Pueblo Grand Prix in Tucson, Arizona. The Presbyterian Invitational Criterium in Charlotte, North Carolina is the third stop on the USA CRITS schedule, taking place this year in April instead of July. America’s most beloved criterium follows Charlotte, when professional cycling returns to downtown Athens, Georgia for the 33rd Terrapin Twilight Criterium. The series then heads north to St. Louis for the return of the Tour de Grove, to be followed by another brand new USA CRITS event – The Lake Bluff Twilight Criterium just outside of Chicago. Also returning to the USA CRITS fold this year is the Rockstar Games Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic in New York City. Cincinnati, Ohio’s Hyde Park Blast is stop number eight followed a week later by the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The racing then shifts to the western part of the country with the return of the Exergy Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, before wrapping up with the USA CRITS Finals held in glorious Vail, Colorado.

InsideCycling.TV will produce the internet broadcast of this Professional event on its home page at www.InsideCycling.TV as a free service for cycling fans. Along with audio and video, viewers will be able to engage in conversations with athletes using Twitter and Facebook. ICTV provides this interactive feature as part of its partnership with YouTube, and is complimentary for any registered YouTube member.

“InsideCycling.TV is proud to showcase this important race in the popular USA CRITS Championship Series to the world of cycling. Through our partnership with YouTube, InsideCycling.TV allows fans to get an insider’s view to the sport of cycling and makes these popular athletes more accessible to fans around the world,” said Kevin Smith, Executive Producer of ICTV. “Mere words couldn’t come close to describing the elation that all of us at ICTV are feeling.”

Fans can interact with athletes and get involved with the Delray Beach Twilight Festival as follows:

-Sign up for a free YouTube account and post at YouTube.com/insidecyclingtv.

-On Twitter: send questions to @insidecyclingtv@insidecyclingtv and use hashtag #ictv.

-On Facebook:Facebook: friend us and send your questions through our wall.

New Cycling Event Announced for Banff National Park, Alberta
Inaugural RBC GranFondo Banff to take place August 25, 2012

Press Release: GranFondo Canada, producers of epic participation cycling events, has announced the introduction of RBC GranFondo Banff which will take place later this year on Saturday, August 25th. Starting and finishing in the beautiful mountain town of Banff, the 142 km route will take cyclists into the heart of the Rockies to experience the awe-inspiring nature of Banff National Park and discover its tradition of mountain adventure.

Gran fondo cycling events have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are gaining momentum in North America. Loosely translated from Italian, gran fondo means “big ride.” These rides are often a hundred kilometres or more and designed for cyclists at a variety of skill levels – everyone from competitive cyclists to recreational athletes enjoy these events. The most prestigious rides feature challenging terrain and scenic courses in epic locations.

This gran fondo event is very unique in that it is taking place in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Organizers will be placing special emphasis on this unique experience by creating learning opportunities for participants and their families to enjoy during their visit. As a true destination event in one of Canada’s most cherished locations, cyclists will come to connect intimately with the park.

“We are extremely excited to introduce the gran fondo to Banff National Park,” said Kevin Thomson, co-founder of GranFondo Canada. “It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time and we look forward to an incredibly successful event. We are also very proud to announce that the Royal Bank of Canada is extending its sponsorship of the GranFondo Canada event series to now include the RBC GranFondo Banff. RBC has been a very strong partner over the past three years with all of GranFondo Canada’s events, and is committed to delivering a memorable experience for our riders in Banff.”

Many participants will come from Alberta but most are expected to come from across Canada and around the world.

“The RBC GranFondo Banff event is a terrific fit for the Town of Banff,” said Mayor Karen Sorensen. “It promotes a healthy and earth friendly activity and is a wonderful way to enjoy the splendour of the Canadian Rockies. We will be pleased to welcome all the participants and their families to Banff.”

It is expected that participants will travel with their families and extend their stay beyond the single-day event to take in local attractions and activities.

“The RBC GranFondo Banff provides an excellent and low-impact opportunity for Banff National Park to showcase its world-class and beautifully scenic road-cycling routes,” said Stu Back of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “This event provides an ideal way for cyclists of all abilities to participate in one of our destination’s most beloved and popular activities.”

Capacity for the inaugural RBC GranFondo Banff has been limited to 1,500 participants and demand for the event is expected to be very high. For those interested in participating, registration will begin at 9:00am on March 15, 2012. For more information, visit: www.rbcgranfondobanff.com.

Another Xtranormal Animation!
My mate Darrel enjoyed the last one so much he nearly wet himself watching it sat in his “Summer House”, so here is another, let’s hope he can control his bladder!

Wheel Change
by: eljefe

The fast paced, exciting world of neutral assistance


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