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Surprise winner of Liйge-Bastogne-Liйge? Maybe…but Maxim Iglinskiy is hard and strong, in the mould of the riders of the past. Philippe Gilbert is still not at his best, we discuss in ”Top Story”. Giro del Trentino has finished and the Tour of Turkey has just started, some Giro and Romandie team selections, plus all the other news and video’s you need for a EuroTrash Monday.

“Top Story”

Philippe Gilbert’s Problems?
There has been quite a few different theories as to why Philippe Gilbert hasn’t dominated the Spring Classics like he did last year, most of them emanating from the Flemish part of Belgium.

1. It’s the tooth: Philippe’s dental problem was the “root” of his slow start to the season, similarities where drawn with Belgian cyclo-cross star Bart Wellens and his near death experience due to an abscess in the root of a tooth.

2. His bike: His BMC frame is 1.5 cm’s bigger than last year’s Canyon. This comes from his father via a (Flemish) Belgian newspaper.

3. Too much training: The story comes from a Gilbert fan who claims that John Lelangue had the team training too hard when they were in Denia, Spain in January.

OK, my thoughts: Tooth story could be true and is the most believable of them all, but wouldn’t an experienced professional go to the dentist in the off-season to get everything checked over, the same as he would go to the doctor for the same reason. Now we all know that the BMC team is not poor and a team of its standing with that technology at its finger tips would not give its star Classics-man the wrong frame without good reason. As to the over training; Gilbert and Lelangue are professional people and know what they are doing after years of experience, the team also use power and pulse monitors and would know if they were over training.

Maybe Gilbert is not having as good a year, maybe others are riding better, there are a hundred and one reasons, that’s why we love cycling so much, isn’t it the unpredictability of road racing that makes us sit for hours watching it on TV and then reading about it and then talking about it? Gilbert will come good in the end, I’m sure, but look how exciting the Classics have been anyway.

Liйge-Bastogne-Liйge 2012
Maxim Iglinskiy gave Astana another big win, following on from Enrico Gasparotto’s win in the Amstel Gold Race. Vincenzo Nibali nearly pulled it off, but ran out of steam with 1 kilometre to go. To top it all off for Astana, Gasparotto took third. Philippe Gilbert is still not back to his 2011 form and couldn’t hold the pace on the Cфte de Saint-Nicolas and came in a dejected 16th. It also wasn’t a good day for the Spanish; Valverde had a mechanical at the wrong time, Sanchez broke his bike and the winner of Flйche-Wallonne; Rodriguez couldn’t hold the wheel of the flying Kazakh, Iglinskiy. A good race with a worthy winner and it’s good to see a new name.

Big loser; Vincenzo Nibali, the race was 1.3 kilometres too long and he wasn’t too happy about who beat him either, as he commented to RAI Sport after the finish; “if it was someone else passing me like Gilbert…it would have been better..”

If you want to read the blow by blow account of Liйge-Bastogne-Liйge it’s here on PEZ.

Liйge-Bastogne-Liйge Result:
1. Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana in 6:43:52
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:21
3. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana at 0:36
4. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar
5. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank
7. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
9. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda
10. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
11. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale
12. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar
13. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
14. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana
15. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 1:00
16. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC at 1:27
17. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar at 2:11
18. Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
19. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Greenedge
20. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky.

The last 10 kilometres:

Tour of Turkey 2012
Stage 1 of this eight stage race came down to a crazy sprint finish which had a big crash on the run-in. Theo Bos (Rabobank) beat Matt Goss (GreenEdge), Daniele Colli (Team Type 1-Sanofi) and the old fastman; Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD). The stage was made up of eight laps of a 17 kilometre circuit around the resort of Alanya, eight riders had a lead of nearly 9 minutes, but were pulled back with 20 kilometres to go and then the sprinters teams took over for the fast finish.

Tour of Turkey Stage 1 Result:
1. Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank in 3:05:55
2. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Greenedge
3. Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1-Sanofi
4. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
5. Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Unitedhealthcare
6. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
7. Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Saxo Bank
8. Rafael Andriato (Bra) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
9. Filippo Baggio (Ita) Utensilnord Named
10. Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano.

Tour of Turkey Overall After Stage 1:
1. Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank in 3:05:45
2. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Greenedge at 0:04
3. Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1-Sanofi at 0:06
4. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 0:10
5. Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Unitedhealthcare
6. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
7. Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Saxo Bank
8. Rafael Andriato (Bra) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
9. Filippo Baggio (Ita) Utensilnord Named
10. Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano.

Stage 1:

Son nefeste Bos por EurosportTurkiye

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Team for Tour of Turkey
Press Release: The roster has been announced for the eight stage, 1,194km Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, from April 22 until April 29.

“It’s a good race to launch the second part of the season,” Sports Director Wilfried Peeters said. “The weather is normally good, and the stages not so long. The stages are suited for our riders who can try and make a breakaway, or for riders like Fenn and Chicchi who can try and win a sprint. We want to try and win a stage.”

Marco Bandiera (ITA),
Francesco Chicchi (ITA),
Andrew Fenn (GBR),
Michal Golas (POL),
Iljo Keisse (BEL),
Nikolas Maes (BEL),
Frantisek Rabon (CZE),
Matteo Trentin (ITA),
Sports Director Wilfried Peeters (BEL).

Website: www.tourofturkey.org.

Stage 1 Alanya – Alanya 148.0 km
Stage 2 Alanya – Kemer 185.0 km
Stage 3 Tekirova – Elmali 148.0 km
Stage 4 Fethiye – Marmaris 130.0 km
Stage 5 Marmaris – Turgutreis 170.0 km
Stage 6 Bodrum – Kusadasi 181.0 km
Stage 7 Kusadasi – Izmir 118.0 km
Stage 8 Istanbul 114.0 km.

Tour of Turkey 2012 ProMo:

Giro del Trentino 2012
Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) took Stage 3 and the overall by riding away from all the other contenders on the last climb of the day, the exceptionally tough; Punta Veleno, some riders had a 34 tooth chain ring fitted for the 15% sections. Liquigas-Cannondale and Lampre-ISD had been the dominant team on the build up to the climb, but when Ivan Basso along with Danilo Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone) went of course with some other riders it broke the Liquigas concentration. Pozzovivo had been just over 1 minute down on overall leader BMC’s Mathias Frank, but it was the likes of Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD), Roman Kreuziger (Astana Pro Team) and Carlos Betancur (Acqua & Sapone) he had to distance. Turning his 34 by 29 gear Pozzovivo left a select few riders including; Cunego, Kreuziger, Josй Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) and Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) to finish 23 seconds ahead of Szmyd, 1:12 before Cunego and 1:40 ahead of Kreuziger, with Rujano in 3rd. Pozzovivo had 25 seconds on Cunego overall with one stage to go.

Giro del Trentino Stage 3 Result:
1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox in 4:04:26
2. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:23
3. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 1:12
4. Josй Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli at 1:20
5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 1:40
6. Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 2:07
7. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp at 2:12
8. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli
9. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana
10. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone at 2:33.

Giro del Trentino Overall After Stage 3:
1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox in 8:20:42
2. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 0:25
3. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:49
4. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 0:50
5. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC at 1:42
6. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone at 1:47
7. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp at 1:48
8. Josй Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
9. Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC at 1:51
10. Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 2:06.

Very good video from stage 3:

And the race action:

Darwin Atapuma (Colombia-Coldeportes) won Stage 4 up the Passo Pordoi, but Domenico Pozzovivo came in third on the stage 6 seconds behind the Colombian for the overall win. Pozzovivo looked like he was going to win today’s stage as he led up the final climb, but Atapuma and Alberto Betancur (Acqua & Sapone) came round him for the finish. Earlier in the stage, Brian Vandborg (Spidertech p/b C10) and Reto Hollenstein (Team NetApp) rode away from the peloton, but as the weather worsened with heavy snow on the final climb they were pulled back by the hard working Liquigas-Cannondale team. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) and Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) couldn’t hold the flying Italian on the slopes of the Pordoi and had to give up any thoughts of the Overall.

Giro del Trentino Stage 4 Result:
1. Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia-Coldeportes in 4:37:03
2. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone at 0:03
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox at 0:06
4. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:17
5. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD
6. Josй Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli at 0:21
7. Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:30
8. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana at 1:06
9. Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli at 1:20
10. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar at 1:27.

Giro del Trentino Final Overall:
1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox in 12:57:47
2. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 0:40
3. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale at 1:04
4. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone at 1:42
5. Josй Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli at 2:07
6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 2:33
7. Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 2:34
8. Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia-Coldeportes at 3:55
9. Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC at 4:01
10. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC at 4:05.

Before the start:

And the stage with a race catch-up:

BMC Racing Team Reveals Giro d’Italia Roster
PressRelease: Past maglia rosa jersey wearer Marco Pinotti and former world road champions Alessandro Ballan and Thor Hushovd headline the BMC Racing Team roster for next month’s Giro d’Italia.

Balanced Team
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the nine-man team that also includes past U.S. national time trial champion Taylor Phinney is well-balanced for the three-week, 3,476-kilometer race that begins May 5. “Marco will be our team leader, which gives us a chance to look at a Top 10 finish overall,” Ochowicz said. “Some young riders like Taylor Phinney and Mathias Frank will also get opportunities – Taylor in the time trials and Mathias on the mountain stages. We are also proud to have Alessandro riding his first Giro, particularly with the good condition he has shown since the start of the season.” Ballan, the 2008 world champion, has podium finishes at the Tour of Flanders (third) and Paris-Roubaix (third).

Focus For Pinotti
Pinotti, a five-time Italian national time trial champion, has done the race every year since 2005. Earlier this week, he and Phinney helped the BMC Racing Team win the team time trial at the Giro del Trentino. “The Giro is always a focus for me,” Pinotti said. “My plan is to come with the best possible shape and confirm what I’ve done so far. It’s definitely a hard Giro. I’ll look for a spot in the top 10 and if it doesn’t work out, I’ll look to do something in the final time trial. Also, the last four or five years there has always been a stage close to where I live and this year that’s the case as well. So for me, it’s always important when the Giro comes.”

Departure From Denmark
The 95th edition of the Giro begins in Denmark, not far from Hushovd’s home country of Norway. The 2010 world champion, who has not competed in the Giro since 2007, said his two goals are a stage victory and to wear the leader’s jersey for few days. “I would like to be ready for the prologue to be close in the fight for the pink jersey,” Hushovd said. “The Giro is one of the most beautiful races out there. After the Tour de France, it’s the next highest race from my point of view. So I’m really excited to be part of the team to race there.”

BMC Racing Team Giro d’Italia Roster:
Alessandro Ballan (ITA),
Mathias Frank (SUI),
Thor Hushovd (NOR),
Taylor Phinney (USA),
Marco Pinotti (ITA),
Mauro Santambrogio (ITA),
Ivan Santaromita (ITA),
Johann Tschopp (SUI),
Danilo Wyss (SUI).

Lotto-Belisol Team for the Giro d’Italia
It was announced on Friday by the Lotto-Belisol team management that the team would be starting the 2012 Giro d’Italia on May the 5th in Denmark without sprinter Andre Griepel.

Lotto-Belisol Giro d’Italia Roster:
Lars Ytting Bak,
Gaetan Bille,
Brian Bulgac,
Bart DeClerc,
Francis DeGreef,
Adam Hansen,
Olivier Kaisen,
Gianni Meersman,
Dennis Vanendert.
Reserves are Kenny Dehaes and Gert Dockx.

A bit of Giro Retro from 1998 and the battle between Pantani and Tonkov:

And the BMC Tour de Romandie Roster Includes Evans
Press Release: Cadel Evans makes his return to stage racing Tuesday at the Tour de Romandie, surrounded by a strong supporting cast that includes Tejay van Garderen, who will share co-leader responsibilities.

Experienced Helpers
Brent Bookwalter and Amaлl Moinard helped Evans win the Critйrium International last month. Swiss riders Steve Morabito and Johann Tschopp, who have competed at Romandie a combined nine times, will also serve as important helpers for Evans, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said. “Those guys really know the course well and they’ll be strong support for both Cadel and Tejay, who we also consider one of our leaders for this race.” The five-day race begins with a 3.3-kilometer prologue, features a mountain-top finish on Stage 4 and concludes with a 16.5 km time trial.

Good Test Of Fitness
Evans withdrew from the Amstel Gold Race a week ago, still feeling the effects of a sinus infection that kept him from starting the remaining Ardennes classics. But the race’s defending champion – who also won this race in 2006 – said he is feeling much better and hopes to regain any fitness he has lost. “For sure it will be difficult to make the same result as last year, considering how I’ve felt in the last days,” Evans said. “With my infection, I won’t be at the same level of competitiveness. But I hope to be there for the hardest stages. I will take it day-by-day. We will see how I feel in the first two stages, and then I will have a better idea of where my condition is.”

Download the BMC Racing Team race card (PDF with bios, statistics, etc.): https://bit.ly/JoBVfI.

BMC Racing Team Tour de Romandie Roster:
Brent Bookwalter (USA),
Cadel Evans (AUS),
Martin Kohler (SUI),
Klaas Lodewyck (BEL),
Amaлl Moinard (FRA),
Steve Morabito (SUI),
Johann Tschopp (SUI),
Tejay van Garderen (USA).

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step for Romandie
Press Release: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection for the six stage, 695.4km Tour de Romandie from April 24 through April 29.

“It’s a really good race,” Sports Director Brian Holm said. “We’re hoping we can get into some breakaways. We already know Tony Martin is out because of his accident, his crash. But this opens the door for someone else to show what they can do. We have the time trial prologue, and then another time trial on Stage five. Matthew Brammeier could really show himself, as could Grabsch, Kwiatkowski and Julien Vermote for the time trials. Then for the breakaways we have Martin Velits, Vandewalle, Cataldo, Pauwels, Golas, and Brammeier. Everybody will have their chance to get in the break and try to win a stage. This race will also be an important step for some of these riders who are training for the Giro d’Italia.”

Matthew Brammeier (IRL),
Dario Cataldo (ITA),
Bert Grabsch (GER),
Michal Kwiatkowski (POL),
Serge Pauwels (BEL),
Kristof Vandewalle (BEL),
Martin Velits (SVK),
Julien Vermote (BEL).
Sports Directors: Brian Holm (DEN) & Jan Schaffrath (GER).

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George Bennett,
Jakob Fuglsang,
Andreas Klцden,
Tiago Machado,
Giacomo Nizzolo,
Nelson Oliveira,
Thomas Rohregger,
Oliver Zaugg.

Directors: Josй Azevedo & Alain Gallopin.

Movistar for Romandie
Press Release: Movistar Team continue with their busy schedule as they take part in the 66th Tour de Romandie from Tuesday, the UCI World Tour event being raced until Sunday 29. The Swiss race will have six stages, including a 3-kilometer prologue in Lausanne and a hard closing ITT of 16k around Crans-Montana, with mid-mountain stages in between as the finishes in Charmey -5km uphill on Friday 27- and Sion -three Cat. 1 climbs on Saturday 28- sort out the overall classification. For this race, Yvon Ledanois and Josй Luis Arrieta will direct an 8-man roster composed of:

Juanjo Cobo,
Rui Costa,
Vasil Kiryienka,
Бngel Madrazo,
Jonathan Castroviejo,
Vladimir Karpets,
Rubйn Plaza,
Branislau Samoilau.

The Tour de Romandie 1989:

Rapha condor Sharp in Tour of Korea
Press Release: After recovering from their efforts at the first two rounds of the domestic calendar, Rapha Condor Sharp will be in action in Asia at the Tour of Korea this week.

The team had a highly successful debut Tour of Korea in 2011, with Ed Clancy taking his first ever UCI stage win, and Jonathan Tiernan Locke showing the beginnings of the form that would eventually capture him the King of the Mountains title at the Tour of Britain.

In 2012 the refocused Rapha Condor Sharp team remains ambitious for success in the UCI 2.2 event. Team manager John Herety appraised the team’s chances before leaving the UK.

“We are taking out our ‘first team’ of stage racers to Korea. We saw last year what kind of race it was, and I am sure we have a number of riders who could step up and lead the team. Of them Kristian House is the most obvious, but behind him I feel this is the kind of race that could suit guys like Jennings, Cuming or Handley.”

“There aren’t many eight day tours in Europe at this level, most are five or six days, so for those young guys this is an important stepping stone to getting that valuable experience in a longer event. It is also the kind of race where I would be confident in putting any one of our stage race guys in a position to lead the team.”

After his second place on the opening stage of a tough Tour of Doonhame, and promising fourth place overall Richard Handley will indeed be one of the riders Herety hopes will get some results to show for his current run of good form.

“Rich Handley has been in great shape all year, he has applied himself to his job well over the winter and he is in good enough shape to really feature here. So far he has been bubbling under the radar a little bit, but this week could present the opportunity for him to really show himself.”

The race covers a total of 1,086km in 8 stages, starting in Seoul and finishing in Hanam. It commences today (Sunday 22nd) with a 55km stage in the capital, before heading South via a long transfer to start stage 2.

More information and updated results can be found on the race website https://www.tourdekorea.or.kr/ or follow the team’s Twitter feed https://twitter.com/raphacondor for up to date results from the racing.

Laste year’s race:

Amateur Tour de Pologne Doubles
Program envisages two stages for 2012

Press Release: The Tour de Pologne Amatorуw , the race dedicated to amateurs and bike tourists that rides the same route as the Poland professional stage race, will once again take place this year. Tour de Pologne Amatorуw doubles in 2012. Given the success of the past editions, organizers have decided to have two races for amateurs.

The first race will take place on July 10, together with the inaugural stage of Tour de Pologne for professionals. Amateurs will ride on a circuit that starts and ends in Jelenia Gуra pedaling for a total 39.2 kilometers.

The second race for amateurs will instead take place during the penultimate stage of the Tour de Pologne, just like last year, on July 15, within the spectacular scenario of one of the “queen stages” of the race. The starting line will be at Bukovina Terma Hotel Spa, while the finish line will be in Bukovina Tatrzanska, covering a total 56.7 kilometers.

“The first amateur race we organized in 2010 had an immediate success, with over 700 participants,” said Tour de Pologne Director Czeslaw Lang. “Last year, there were over 1,500 amateurs who showed up at Bukowina Terma Hotel Spa, so this season we decided to organize two races, to give more people the opportunity to participate and to have a fantastic experience that allows them to live the atmosphere of Tour de Pologne and to live the event more closely. There are many athletes and celebrities who take part to the amateur race on top of the fans, and I can already announce that this year as well we’ll have a lot of important names. We hope that the Tour de Pologne Amatorуw can give all those who participate two wonderful days of sports and great emotions.”

Besides historic sponsor Bank BGЭ that will once again be the main sponsor, supporting with passion this event, the Tour de Pologne Amatorуw will have two new important partners: Val di Fiemme and Madonna di Campiglio, the two Italian venues that Polish tourists love so much, where sports, especially skiing and cycling, find their home.

Subscriptions to the Tour de Pologne Amatorуw are already open. Subscribing is very easy, just click on www.tourdepologneamatorow.pl and follow instructions. You will also find all available information on races, routes and altimetry.

It won’t be just cycling and fun. Those who participate to Tour de Pologne Amatorуw will once again contribute to a fund raiser that organizers wanted for this season as well. A part of the subscription fees will be devolved to “A Kogo?” a charity that operates in the pediatric medicine area.

BMC Racing Team Will Continue Through 2016
Press Release: BMC Switzerland announced Friday it will continue its sponsorship of the BMC Racing Team through the 2016 season.

Terrific Partnership
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the extension will allow the U.S.-registered ProTeam to continue its development and vision. “We are fortunate to have a partner like BMC Switzerland, which permits us to participate at the highest level of the sport,” Ochowicz said. “We have enjoyed a terrific partnership and plan to continue to provide BMC Switzerland with a viable outlet to test and showcase its bicycles in all of the world’s greatest races.”

Perfect Match
Founded in 2006, the BMC Racing Team has experienced a rise from a pro continental squad in 2010 to one of the top 10 teams in the world featuring defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans. BMC Owner Andy Rihs said the partnership between BMC Switzerland and the BMC Racing Team is a perfect match. “Our best marketing strategy is to have the best cycling team in the world,” Rihs said. “I always say we are not doing it out of fun. But we have a lot of fun doing it. It’s mandatory to be that if you want to be a big, growing brand in the cycling world.”

Positive Image For BMC
Thomas Binggeli, chief executive officer of BMC Switzerland, said the mission of the company’s sponsorship includes several objectives. “We want to have a positive image transfer from the success of the BMC Racing Team to the bicycle brand BMC,” Binggeli said. “We also want to grow awareness of the BMC brand so it’s known worldwide as a Swiss bicycle manufacturing company. And we want to profit from the knowledge and experience from the world’s best athletes to build the best bicycle of the world.”

Some nice film of the team from 2010:

Gran Fondo New York conducts doping controls
Press Release: On April 12, 2012, Gran Fondo New York conducted out of competition doping controls among riders training for May 20, 2012 Gran Fondo New York. The United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) handled the controls.

Gran Fondo New York’s CEO Uli Fluhme stated “At Gran Fondo New York we are committed to a drug free sport. For this year’s event we allocated $10,000 towards the fight against doping. Anyone testing positive for a substance on the list of banned substances by World Anti Doping Association (WADA) will be banned for life from Gran Fondo New York. Plus, anyone who has ever been banned by a federation will not be allowed to compete. We are not afraid to take drastic measures to keep the competition at Gran Fondo New York clean.”

More doping controls are going to be taken at the finish line of the event. Event-day doping controls have been done at a handful of other mass participation, non-professional cycling events in Europe in the past but never in the US. Furthermore, the more effective, unannounced, out-of-competition tests are a novelty in the world of non-professional sports.

Fluhme adds: “The overwhelming majority of cyclists applauds testing and would never take performance enhancing drugs. It’s a small number of riders that tarnishes the reputation of the true sportsmen. Gran Fondo New York is an event that is very inclusive because it allows beginners to ride aside the elite amateurs. It’s an amazingly friendly atmosphere with people from over 70 countries and all walks of life coming together to ride and compete. At Gran Fondo New York, we aim to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of our athletes.”

The competition at Gran Fondo New York consists of four timed climbs over a 105-mile route. 5000 participants from 48 US States and over 70 countries are competing for King and Queen of the Mountains titles. Prizes have an overall value of over $100,000. The King and Queen of the Mountains winners receive an $8,000 Pinarello racing bike fully equipped with Campagnolo components. Other prizes include Mavic racing wheels, Diadora shoes, Limar helmets and much more.

Daily Mirror Great Manchester Cycle Puts British Cycling Members in Pole Position
Press Release; British Cycling members can look forward to getting off to a great start at the Daily Mirror Great Manchester Cycle, with an exclusive start zone ahead of other riders.

The initiative will be in effect across all distances, and will mean that British Cycling members are guaranteed the best start possible in the event, which is taking place on Bank Holiday, 4th June. Members will be identified by a British Cycling logo on their event numbers. The multi-distance event will enable access to roads normally strictly off limits to cyclists, including a stretch of Manchester’s busiest motorway – the iconic Mancunian way.

With the National Cycling Centre in Manchester being the headquarters of British Cycling, the event will truly be taking place on their home turf. It is the perfect chance for British Cycling to thank their members by providing an added bit of value to an already unbelievable deal – an entry fee of just Ј10.

The Ј10 entry fee not only gains admission to the closed road mass participation event, but you will also be given accurate chip timing, a Great Manchester Cycle T-shirt, a medal and a finishers pack.

The event will feature three different distances based around a 13-mile closed road loop designed to cater for all abilities, from club cyclists, to families who wish to take in the sights of the city on a ride together. There’s Get Out and Pedal over 13 miles, Rule the Roads over 26 miles, or for the more established riders Test Yourself over 52 miles. For a limited time all categories will cost just Ј10 for adults and Ј5 for kids. Children aged 3-7 go for free.

“The Great Manchester Cycle is right on our doorstep and we’re pleased that our members can get this unique value-added opportunity,” said Gavin Finch, Membership Marketing Manager at British Cycling. “Being at the front of the start of the Great Manchester Cycle is just one of the many benefits of being a British Cycling member.”

Part of a ‘Great’ festival of sport in Manchester this summer, the Great Manchester Cycle will join a full programme that includes the UK’s most popular 10k, the Bupa Great Manchester Run and the British Gas Great Manchester Swim.

For further information on the route, event details and how to enter please visit: www.greatcycle.org.

A Movistar Video for Xavi
Witness Javi Moreno’s overall victory in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leуn from inside. Cold, snow, hardness and strategy are all gathered into an unforgettable 13-minute clip full of action.

The final victory by Javi Moreno and Movistar Team in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leуn was built over an exhibition of effort and teamwork on the decisive stage three around Segovia. However, to measure how precisely all the team members performed, it’s necessary to witness this success from inside.

Thanks to Avanzamos Ciclismo, you can enjoy a 13-minute clip recorded in the Blue squad’s team car, driven by DS Josй Luis Arrieta. There is a mixture of the tension in the caravan of a cycle race and the hardness of a day packed with bad weather and snow, leading to joy from the eventual success, dedicated to Xavi Tondo, winner of the 2011 edition in his last competition as professional rider.

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