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Bradley Wiggins has well and truly thrown his hat in the ring for this year’s Tour de France with his performance in the Critйrium du Dauphinй, the other Tour hopefuls are competing in Switzerland and we have the results and videos, as always. Contador going with Saxo Bank is the ”Top Story” and there is quite a lot of other news and videos for a full EuroTrash Monday. Cafй et а croissant, s’il vous plait.

“Top Story”

Contador to Saxo Bank!
After rumours of Alberto Contador going to many different teams, including Astana, RadioShack, Movistar and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, the official announcement has been made that he will be riding for his old team; Saxo Bank for the next three years. Contador commented; “The decision to return to Team Saxo Bank has actually been pretty easy, and my first priority was always to rejoin the team and to continue working with Bjarne Riis. The Spaniard is able to return to competition on August the 6th, with his home Tour the Vuelta a Espaсa pencilled into his schedule. He added “The support I have experienced from them (the Saxo Bank team) in a very difficult situation was extraordinary. I’m really looking forward to getting back on the bike, and my aim is to repay that support, hopefully with some great results.” So there you have it, Alberto goes back to Bjarne, not such a big surprise in the end.

Alberto’s new longer TV advert.

Critйrium du Dauphinй 2012
Bradley Wiggins (Sky) wins the Critйrium Dauphinй without having to do very much, he had a couple of scares which his team handled well which are all good signs for the Tour de France, although a lot more can happen in three weeks than in ten days. Wiggins actually cracked a smile on the podium, which makes a pleasant change.

The Stage 4 individual time trial was over 53 kilometres and not surprisingly the prologue winner; Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) was the early leader with a time of 1:04:50, beating the previous days stage winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), but that all changed when the “Big Gun’s” started to fire.

First rider to best the young Australian was Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank) by 12 seconds, after that Chris Froome (Sky), Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) all pushed a head of Durbridge. Michael Rogers (Sky) put a great time of 1:4:23, but World TT champion; Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) was 37 seconds faster as stage winner and overall leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) put up the best time of 1:03:12. Cadel Evans (BMC) didn’t do too badly as he beat time trial specialist David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda), but he did lose 1:43 to Wiggins and drop to 5th overall.

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), riding with a 58×11, battled through the strong winds throughout the course. He finished with a time of 1:03.53. The only rider to best him was Bradley Wiggins (Sky), who was ahead of Martin in the leader’s jersey by 4″ going into the ITT. Wiggins beat Martin by 34″ to stay in yellow and win the time trial. Chavanel, meanwhile, placed 5th (+1’33”). Michael Rogers (Sky) was 3rd, 1’11” back.

Chavanel had the fastest time at the 18km point by 04″, which was 11″ faster than Wiggins and 04″ faster than Martin. It was the second checkpoint — at 40km — where Wiggins gained his advantage. He bested Martin by 34″ at the checkpoint, and Chavanel by 01’05”.

“I am really happy about this performance,” Chavanel said. “This stage was really a time trial for the specialists, so the fact that I am there amongst the best of the peloton is a good sign for me. It means that I’ve worked a lot and am going in the right direction. I am now looking forward to the next races with more ambitions. The time trial national championship will be an objective. I was good. I was not 100 percent concentrated for the first part of the race. I lost immediately my bottle, so it was not so easy. I started thinking about it, and lost a little concentration. but at the end it was a good result. I am happy. Everyone knows I like time trials and I like these kinds of races. Now that I’ve solved my back problems, and have no pain anymore, I can really train on my time trial bike.”

“Today I had no super legs,” Martin said. “It took a while to get into the rhythm of the race. At the beginning I wasn’t really concentrated, but I got better. I know when and why I lost, so it is OK for me. Bradley did a great race. As for me, maybe today I was a little bit tired. I did a lot of training for the Tour of Belgium, and a lot of training after the race to prepare for the Tour de France.”

Andy Schleck’s bad luck has carried on as he crashed early in the stage on sharp bend and then he punctured, finishing in 164th place 10:47 down and sitting in 135th place overall at 16:08.

Critйrium du Dauphinй Stage 4 Result:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky at 1:03:12
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:34
3. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 1:11
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank at 1:26
5. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 1:33
6. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
7. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 1:38
8. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 1:43
9. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Barracuda at 1:51
10. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank at 1:54.

Critйrium du Dauphinй Overall After Stage 4:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 14:11:07
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:38
3. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 1:20
4. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 1:38
5. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 1:44
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank at 1:45
7. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 1:48
8. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Barracuda at 2:00
9. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank at 2:02
10. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana at 2:18.

Stage 4 from NBC Sports.

Arthur Vichot (FDJ-BigMat) won Stage 5 from a solo attack 6 kilometres out from a group of seven that finished 59 seconds ahead of the yellow jersey peloton with three riders between. Bradley Wiggins and his sky team managed to control the race, although there was a couple of tricky moments, the main one was when a escape including Cadel Evans and three of his BMC team mates broke away on the descent of the Grand Colombier. The Sky team had to chase hard and when the BMC group where in sight Wigging jumped across to them. It may have been a show of strength, but was not overly clever as he had left his hard working team mates behind. The groups did come together, so Wiggin’s move was a waste of energy in the end and proved nothing except that maybe Wiggins can get a bit nervous when under pressure. During all this attack and chase action, the breakaway was still out front, in it was; Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana), Josй Sarmiento (Liquigas-Cannondale), Rйmi Di Gregorio (Cofidis), Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Arthur Vichot (FDJ-BigMat), Daniel Navarro (Saxo Bank), Alberto Losada (Katusha) and Maxime Mederel (Saur-Sojasun) with 25 K’s to go. Dani Navarro was first to try, but Vichot came past him to carry on for the stage win.

Critйrium du Dauphinй Stage 5 Result:
1. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat in 4:42:17
2. Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:26
3. Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana
4. Rйmy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis
5. Cayetano Josй Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale
6. Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha
7. Daniel Navarro (Spa) Saxo Bank
8. Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
9. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:46
10. Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank.

Critйrium du Dauphinй Overall After Stage 5:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 18:54:23
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:38
3. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 1:20
4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 1:44
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank at 1:45
6. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 1:48
7. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank at 2:02
8. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 2:22
9. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 2:47
10. Jйrфme Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 2:55.

Stage 5:

Stage 6 to Morzine was billed as the “Big Stage” of the race, but as these thing usually go, the action was of a defensive nature with the Sky team holding things together over the climb’s of the Plainpalais, Leschaux, Colombiйre, Cфte de Chвtillon-sur-Cluses and the monster Col de Joux-Plane. An early break was allowed to lead the race until the climb of the Joux-Plain where they were all pulled back. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the stage, but the action was behind him with Cadel Evans (BMC) making a late move to finish 8 seconds ahead of the main contenders, with Dani Moreno (Katusha) taking third. Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) lost time which allowed Michael Rogers (Sky) and Cadel Evans to move on to the podium. Wiggins now had an overall lead of 1:20 from team mate Rogers and 1:36 to Evans.

The stage winner Nario Quintana (Movistar) had this to say “It was a really complicated stage because I went through really bad sensations at the start and couldn’t make the breakaway. Fortunately, Sky kept the escapees held tight and some other squads helped later, so I saw I had some chances. With 4k from the summit, I saw a good moment to give it a try. I didn’t attack really strong, but instead on a progressive pace. I knew I could get to the finish solo if I had twenty seconds at the top. It reminded me of the stage I won in Murcia and I thought it was going to be enough, just like it happened. Right since the morning I was thinking a lot about Raъl Malagуn, a man not with us today that helped so much as well Cayetano Sarmiento as to myself, when we both weren’t real prospects. I wanted to dedicate him this victory and I did it. Also to my parents, my girlfriend and Mauricio Soler and his wife, who looked after me so much in the days prior to this race. The Tour de l’Avenir and the Vuelta a Murcia were really special victories for me, but this is the most important one because I won against very important riders. Something told me everything was going to be good this season, and to be honest, things are doing way better than I expected. In principle, I’ll be riding the Route du Sud after this, and then I’ll head back to Colombia to prepare myself for the Vuelta a Espaсa.”

Cadel Evans, who was second on the stage, he said “I was hoping for a little bit of a chance for the stage (win),” Evans said. “But I also heard Tony Martin was dropped on the Joux-Plane and I wanted to maintain the gap on him.” And on his team mate Tejay Van Garderen “Tejay is really improving every day and we’re getting to know each other better,” Evans said. “I’m looking forward to racing the Tour de France with him.” Van Garderen went on to finish 13th, 1:12 behind the stage winner, and move into 10th overall.

RadioShack-Nissan’s Andy Schleck did not finish. “This is a big disappointment,” said Andy in Morzine. “While I was sitting in the car and I saw the other riders racing, I cracked mentally. As a bike rider you are mentally very strong but today it all went a bridge too far. Today, from the start, already in the first two hundred meters I had pain in the right leg and the lower back. It just got worse. I was never suffering like this in a race. I couldn’t use my right leg any more. There was no other option than to quit the race.”

Critйrium du Dauphinй Stage 6 Result:
1. Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar in 4:46:12
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 0:16
3. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha at 0:24
4. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky
5. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
6. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
7. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar
8. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
9. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky
10. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan.

Critйrium du Dauphinй Overall After Stage 6:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 23:40:59
2. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 1:20
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 1:36
4. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 1:48
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 2:22
6. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar at 2:58
7. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 3:07
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank at 3:26
9. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky at 3:44
10. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 3:51.

Stage 6:

Stage 7 was no procession with its five ranked climbs and an up-hill finish to Chвtel. A group of 8 riders formed after a few attacks, they included; Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana), Pierre Rolland (Europcar), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack-Nissan), Christophe Le Mйvel (Garmin-Barracuda)), Sylvain Chavanel and Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) and Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), they were never allowed much of a gap and with 15 kilometres to the line there was only Sylvain Chavanel, Jerome Coppel and Pierre Rolland left out front as Sky and BMC chased behind. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) showed his descending talents, but was caught shortly before the leaders gave up with less than 5 uphill kilometres remaining. On the final rise there were a few attack attempts, Evans was countered by Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) and then by Dani Moreno (Katusha) who took the stage from Sanchez and Evans with Edvald Boasson Hagen in 4th. Wiggins held the lead to cross the line with arms held aloft in 19th place. The Sky team had four riders in the top ten and three in the top four, so must be very pleased with this Tour warm-up.

Critйrium du Dauphinй Stage 7 Result:
1. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha in 2:59:37
2. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
5. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale
6. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
7. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
8. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
9. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky
10. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 0:07.

Critйrium du Dauphinй Final Overall:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 26:40:46
2. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 1:17
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 1:26
4. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 1:45
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 2:12
6. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar at 2:58
7. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 3:07
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank at 3:26
9. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky at 3:34
10. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan at 3:50.

Stage 7:

Tour de Suisse 2012
Stage 1 on Saturday was an individual time trial of 7.3 kilometres and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) came out on top with a time of 9:43, beating the near recovered Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) by 4 seconds and his Liquigas team mate Moreno Moser by 7 seconds to take the first leaders jersey with 8 more stages to go before the finish next Sunday. The Lugano course was the same one that Cancellara won on last year, but maybe his form needs a little more work.

Tour de Suisse Stage 1 Result:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale in 9:43
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:04
3. Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:07
4. Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:11
5. Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana 0:00:15
6. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:17
7. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:18
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 0:19
9. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank at 0:20
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:22.

Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 1:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale in 9:43
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:04
3. Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:07
4. Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:11
5. Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana at 0:15
6. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:17
7. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:18
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 0:19
9. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank at 0:20
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:22.

The winning ride by Peter Sagan:

Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) nearly took a rare win when he attacked 6 kilometres from the finish of Stage 2 in to Verbier after 218 kilometres, but it wasn’t to be his day as Rui Costa (Movistar) timed his chase perfectly by launching himself after the elder Schleck at the 2 kilometre mark. Costa caught Schleck in the last 200 metres and passed him for the win and the overall lead. Earlier in the stage Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1-Sanofi) and Ryan Anderson (Spidertech powered by C10) had been out front not to be pulled back until 30 to go, the chase had brought the lead group down to around 40 riders. Frank Schleck’s attack gave him a good lead, but it was not enough for the flying Portuguese rider Costa.

Rui Costa said to the Movistar team web-site: “I hadn’t raced anything since Romandie, and these situations always generate you some doubts. That’s why I attacked so many times on the climb: to see how my rivals were doing, but above all, to know how my feelings were. The fact that Alejandro was behind also made me more free to move, because I knew that, if I couldn’t go away, there was still him. When I attacked for the last time, I saw Schleck was really far and wasn’t really thinking about winning, but my move was strong, I saw myself doing well and getting closer and closer. When I reached him, I took a short breath and attacked because I saw he was really short of energy. This brings massive happiness to me, because this year, winning was being more difficult to me than in previous seasons, and I’m the kind that needs to notch up victories to gain confidence. For the first time in my life I spent some weekends training in high altitude before the Tour, and for the time being, things seem to go well, although the main goal is July. However, this is not exact science, and sometimes you feel stronger when you don’t expect it and vice versa. For me, getting the leader jersey in Switzerland is amazing, but there’s still a long way to go and we must go day by day. I want to dedicate this to my family, my friends and my wife, always at my side, and of course in a day like today, to Mauricio Soler, who won a stage this day in 2011.”

Tour de Suisse Stage 2 Result:
1. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar in 6:21:13
2. Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:04
3. Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:12
4. Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha at 0:13
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat
6. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:16
7. Chris Anker Sцrensen (Den) Saxo Bank
8. John Gadret (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
9. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:18
10. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 0:22.

Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 2:
1. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar in 6:31:22
2. Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:08
3. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 0:15
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 0:19
5. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:21
6. Thomas Lцfkvist (Swe) Sky
7. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:23
8. John Gadret (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:24
9. Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:26
10. Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:29.

Stage 2 finish:

The First Ever Koppenberg 24
Koppenberg 24? Former PEZ Homeboy, Gregg Germer, is going to spend his June 24th riding the Koppenberg as many times as he can in a 24-hour period to raise funds to help defray costs and better help the huge number of young racers that pass through his and his wife’s cycling house, The ChainStay, each year.

Gregg has been talking about this for quite some time, but I (Jered) really didn’t think he’d do it. I mean, I know he’s got a crazy streak, but this is just plain wow. It’s going to be an impressive endeavor and one that certainly deserves some attention and backing.

To learn more about how to donate, head on over to the TheChainStay.

And yes, Gregg, we do expect a full write-up when it’s over!

Dual Objectives For BMC Racing Team At Tour de Suisse
Press Release: The BMC Racing Team will target stage wins at the Tour de Suisse while also supporting the general classification ambitions of Mathias Frank, who finished sixth a year ago racing in his home country.

Burghardt A Past Stage Winner
Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said the team’s roster features a bevy of talent to meet the dual objectives for the nine-day race that begins Saturday. “Mathias is coming out of the Giro in really good shape and ready to do something good here,” Verbrugghe said. “We also have Greg Van Avermaet, Marcus Burghardt and Martin Kohler to go for stage wins.” Burghardt scored a pair of stage wins and won the points classification at this race two years ago, the same year Frank won the mountains classification. Another possible contender for a stage win is Steve Cummings, who said he is fully recovered from the wrist injury he suffered in a crash at the Amgen Tour of California last month. “Everything is OK now,” he said. “I want to continue building my condition through the Tour de Suisse and do my best work for the team.”

Download the BMC Racing Team race card (PDF with roster, bios, statistics, etc.): https://bit.ly/Njz35z.

BMC Racing Team Tour de Suisse Roster:
Adam Blythe (GBR),
Brent Bookwalter (USA),
Marcus Burghardt (GER),
Steve Cummings (GBR),
Mathias Frank (SUI),
Martin Kohler (SUI),
Klaas Lodewyck (BEL),
Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek line-up for the Tour de Suisse
Fabian Cancellara,
Laurent Didier,
Jakob Fuglsang,
Linus Gerdemann,
Andreas Klцden,
Maxime Monfort,
Gregory Rast,
Frдnk Schleck.

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Team to Tour de Suisse
Press Release: The team has made the selection for the 1,398.6km Tour de Suisse, from June 9th through the 17th. According to Sports Director Rik Van Slycke, the team is ready for a good race, and believes Tour de Suisse will also be a good preparation for the next races.

“We want to do well at this race, prepare for the Tour de France, and for Tom Boonen, this is a perfect race to prepare for nationals,” Van Slycke said.

According to Van Slycke, even the 34.3km Stage 6 time trial, which is slightly hilly, should be a challenge.

“Traditionally this race is quite hard,” Van Slycke said. “You have a lot of climbs in the middle of the Alps, and also a hilly time trial that maybe can be good for the skills of Levi. We will see day by day what we can get from the race.”

OPQS Riders:
Tom Boonen (BEL),
Dario Cataldo (ITA),
Levi Leipheimer (USA),
Gert Steegmans (BEL),
Zdenek Stybar (CZE),
Niki Terpstra (NED),
Matteo Trentin (ITA),
Peter Velits (SVK).

Team Type 1 prepare for the Tour de Suisse:

Two More Years for Trepstra at OPQS
It looks like Niki Trepstra will be riding for the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team for the next two years. The Dutch rider has an agreement with the team boss Patrick Lefevere that he would extend his contract till the end of 2014. Gert Steegmans will also be staying on with Lefevere set-up.

Scarponi to Stay at Lampre-ISD
Michele Scarponi has signed a contract to stay with his present team for next year; it was announced by his team this week. It was also confirmed that Diego Ulissi and Adriano Malori will be riding along side Scarponi and Winner Anacona, Mattia Cattaneo, Davide Cimolai, Massimo Graziato, Matthew Lloyd, Daniele Pietropolli, Simone Stortoni and Davide Viganт in the Lapre-ISD colours in 2013.

Scarponi and his 2012 Wilier Triestina:

Gasparotto Staying with Astana
Amstel Gold winner; Enrico Gasparotto has extended his contract with the Kazakh Astana team to the end of 2014. The Italian had a very good spring this year with his win in the Amstel Gold Classic and third in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. His 2012 season continues with the tours of Austria and Poland building up to the Vuelta a Espaсa in August and the World championships in Holland in September.

Gasparotto wins Amstel 2012:

Sky on Specialized for 2013?
It has been know that Specialized wanted Mark Cavendish back onto their bikes after all his success on them in previous years. The French sports paper L’Equipe has reported that the Sky team will be riding Specialized from next year in a deal costing the bike manufacturers 6 million Euros. The news paper didn’t speculate if Specialized would be staying with present teams Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Astana and Saxo Bank. As Alberto Contador has re-signed for Saxo Bank and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step had a great Spring Classics, we might see Astana on different bikes next year. Pinarello say that they are still in talks with the British based team and nothing has been signed and are hopeful to carry on the successful relationship.

The Pinarello 2012 Dogma:

Getting more women cycling: the first Big Breeze Bike Ride Nationwide activities, 23-24 June
Press Release: Ever notice that for every woman you see cycling along a road, there are three men? That’s because a whopping three times as many men as women in the UK ride bikes, with just one in fifty women getting their feet on the pedals once a week or more. Somewhere along the line, it seems a lot of women have forgotten the unbridled joy of life on two wheels.

British Cycling’s Breeze network was established to change all that, and the Big Breeze Bike Ride, happening nationwide on 23 and 24 June, aims to get women back on their bikes in this special Olympic year. The Big Breeze Bike Ride will see thousands of like-minded women up and down the country setting up local rides to share the two-wheeled fun.

Natalie Justice, British Cycling’s Breeze manager, said:

“We’re calling on all regular cyclists to share their passion for bike riding and encourage their non-cycling female friends, wives and girlfriends to get involved. We know how generous cyclists are and how they love to persuade others to get out there. Let’s get hundreds of women onto bikes on the weekend of 23 and 24 June 2012. Any woman can get involved by simply planning their own fun bike ride with friends, family or colleagues using our easy facebook app.”

Research from British Cycling found that nearly a million women would like to start riding a bike, but many are put off by a lack of confidence and someone to ride with. Rides by and for women is a great way to combat that, and 2012 – a special year for British women’s cycling – seems the perfect time to get started.

Double World Champion Laura Trott, agrees:

“I’ve cycled since I was a child and have always loved the freedom it’s given me to go places. Riding my bike helps keep me in shape all year round and tones my whole body. Unfortunately I’m currently in the minority because a lot of girls have a fear factor about cycling, but once you’ve tried it you’ll never look back. The Big Breeze Bike Ride is a great opportunity to get that confidence on two wheels, whilst having great fun with your friends. Girls – don’t miss out; make sure you get on your bike on 23/24 June!”

For more information on setting up or joining a Big Breeze Bike Ride, check out the app on our Facebook page. You’ll also find lots of ideas, tips and inspiring stories.

Women’s cycling has come along way:

Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to Host Round of 2012/13 UCI Track World Cup
First major event secured for the venue.

Press Release: Cycling’s world governing body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), has today announced that Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy velodrome will host a round of the 2012/13 UCI Track World Cup series, which will see British Cycling deliver an event in which the world’s best riders compete at the venue for the first time.

Taking place between 16-18 November 2012, the Track World Cup is a qualifying event for the 2013 World Championships. Five Olympic Champions, including Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton competed for GB at the London World Cup in February, and the Glasgow event will give fans the first opportunity to see the GB Cycling Team in international action after the summer games.

Developed ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is nearing completion and is due to open in October. The state-of-the-art venue will be home to track cycling in Scotland, and hosting events like the Track World Cup will continue to build on the city’s reputation within the international sporting community, a sentiment endorsed by a UCI spokesperson who said: “The UCI is enthusiastic to be hosting an event in the UK once more, especially in the brand new velodrome in Glasgow as the first International event organised in this magnificent facility.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “Glasgow’s position as one of the world’s leading sporting cities has been built on a record of hosting international events and investing in world-class infrastructure.

“That reputation will continue to grow when the world’s top cyclists compete in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy velodorme in November, in what will be the first major event to be staged in the venue.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland added: “It is testament to Scotland’s credentials as a major events destination that we have secured the Track World Cup for Glasgow, which will bring the best riders in the world to the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Scotland is the perfect stage for major international events and the new venue will undoubtedly contribute to our existing cycling portfolio, while making a significant contribution to the legacy of hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

UK Sport’s Director of Major Events, Simon Morton, said: “Through our National Lottery funded World Class Events Programme, UK Sport is committed to staging major international events across the UK, to maximise the legacy of London 2012 and support preparations for Glasgow 2014.

“With the Track Cycling World Cup having been staged at the Olympic Velodrome in London and the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, it is fantastic news that the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow will become the third British venue to host this prestigious event.

“The Track Cycling World Cup is an outstanding event showcasing some of the UK’s best athletes, and it will present an excellent opportunity to put the new venue through its paces with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon.”

Welcoming online the third international UK velodrome and the third city to host a round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in the UK, British Cycling President Brian Cookson said: “We’re delighted that Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy velodrome will host a round of the 2012 track world cup. After a successful event in London this year, we’re pleased to see another world-class facility in the UK christened with a round of this prestigious series. The awarding of this event is a great endorsement by the world governing body for the high standards our team at British Cycling have set in the delivery of major international events, and we hope this world cup will be a fantastic pre-cursor to the city hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014. We look forward to working closely with the UCI and Glasgow to make it a success.”

Tickets for the event are due to go on sale by early July. Further information will be announced in due course. See www.glasgowlife.org.uk for more.

The Scottish National Indoor Sports Arena & Velodrome:

Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba: Just a Few Days Left to Sign up as 2011 Finishers with a Reduced Fee
Press Release: There is still time left until Sunday, June 17, to take advantage of the money-saving promotion open to the finishers in last year’s edition of the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba.

Everyone who participated in and completed the 2011 Gran Fondo or Medio Fondo still has ten days left to sign up for this year’s race for the special price of Ђ 25 (instead of Ђ 38).

This is a tempting occasion for cycling fans who want to wax nostalgic on the magical excitement of the end-of-season classic scheduled for September 9 in Arabba, the lovely village on the impressive Sella Massif in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t wait; reserve yourself a place in the starting line-up!

As always the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba will be full of surprises, with plenty of new technical innovations as well as management initiatives that will offer even more services to participants.

Info, regulations and registration at the website: www.dolomiticlassic.com.

The Dolomiti Classic 2011:

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