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The Vuelta a Burgos finished on Sunday and the Eneco Tour and the Tour of Utah start today (Monday), so we have all the info on them all. Transfer news has started and Alberto Contador makes his come-back at the Eneco and we feature an interview with the Spaniard in the ”Top Story”. It’s Monday EuroTrash and coffee time.

“Top Story”

The Alberto Contador Press Conference before the Eneco Tour
Alberto Contador gave a press conference on Sunday, prior to his return to competition, which will take place today (Monday) August 6, in the Eneco Tour. Contador thanked the media at the team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank hotel and said that today “is an important day and I’m happy to be back competing tomorrow, especially in a race as pretty as the Eneco Tour is. Tomorrow I will be part of Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank officially so I’m happy, in addition to debut here in front of fans like those. There is no better place to start.”

After your last Tour you said you like to have controls because they could help to change the mentality of cycling, do you still agree with that?
Alberto: “Yes, I still think the same, I believe in controls and I continued to believe in them all along. I have passed several controls in recent months and I have never complained, but it certainly would also have to change certain things that can be improved and for which solutions should be sought.”

Do you feel relieved to get to tomorrow?
Alberto: “I do not know if relief is the right word, but I’m looking forward to competing because it is what I like to do.”

Did you watch the Tour on TV?
Alberto: “When not training, yes, but in a very different way from other years.”

How have you passed these six months and what are your goals now?
Alberto: “Those 6 months have been difficult and I’ll remember them forever. I did not want to stand, I changed my training places, there have been days of having more desire and others less, but I’m just as tired as another year at this time because I trained hard to get well now. And I want to thank everyone who supported me on the road, in social networks and elsewhere because they have helped me to train every day.”

Has this experience changed you as a person?
Alberto: “It is difficult to assess, but it is true that in some ways takes away the illusion that I had 8 years ago. It also makes you grow up and see cycling as a part of my life, but not my whole life. I think I will to face difficult situations, and it will be good in order to deal with stressful situations.”

Do you have feelings of revenge or a desire to show something?
Alberto: “Not at all, I just want to enjoy. I enjoy training, sacrificing myself to be the best and look forward to enjoying and reach the results.”

What do you expect tomorrow in the peloton?
Alberto: “The same that I received in the Tour of Algarve in 2011 and others races, respect and friendship, simply.”

What was the hardest moment of this time, did you ask someone for help?
Alberto: “The hardest moment have been the whole last 2 years, because they say everything about me without any limit. Luckily, I have my family and my friends. Thanks to them I did not need to seek help from any professional. They are the ones who have given me encouragement.”

You have signed a contract of 3 Ѕ years, but the team has sponsorship until 2013, Riis promised to you something special and what are your goals for the future?
Alberto: “For me it was very easy to stay on this team. I am also very grateful to all other teams who have called me because they respected my decision, because what Saxo Bank and the other sponsors, with Riis at the front, have done for me is invaluable. I am indebted to them and never felt out of this team. As for the objectives, should be seen every year.”

What are your goals for the Eneco Tour?
Alberto: “Above all, to enjoy the competition and pick up the pace after so many months, because training it’s never the same. I have desire to do well.”

Have you had contact with Frank Schleck in recent weeks?
Alberto: “No, I had not, but I wish him all the best as a friend of mine, for their sake and also for the sake of cycling.”

Are you a victim after your case, do you feel helpless?
Alberto: “What is clear is that this legislation is outdated and all relevant authorities know this, but do nothing to change it.”

Contador at his best:

Vuelta a Burgos 2012
After winning stage 1, Dani Moreno of Katusha also won Stage 2 around the City of Burgos, again he out-sprinted Sky’s Sergio Henao at the end of 141 kilometres. the early break of Romain Sicard (Euskaltel-Euskadi), David Belda and Carlos Verona (Burgos BH), Ramirez Bee (Andalucia) and Aritz Etxebarria (Orbea) went up the road after 20 kilometres, but the Katusha team held them close to pull them back 15 kilometres from the end. Sky tried their best to split the race on the climb of El Castillo, Joaquim Rodriguez pulled it all together for his Katusha team mate Moreno to attack half a kilo out to take the stage and consolidate his overall lead.

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 2 Result:
1. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha in 3:11:14
2. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky at 0:02
3. Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:07
4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team at 0:09
5. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky
6. David De La Fuente (Spa) Caja Rural
7. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank
8. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
9. Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Coldeportes
10. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 2:
1. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha in6:12:39
2. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky at 0:02
3. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank at 0:09
4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 0:11
5. Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Coldeportes
6. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
7. David De La Fuente (Spa) Caja Rural at 0:15
8. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky
9. Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
10. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano.

Matti Breschel (Rabobank) won Stage 3 in an uphill sprint into Lerma after 159 kilometres. David Lуpez (Movistar), Alessandro Donati (Acqua & Sapone) and Josй Toribio Alcolea (Andalucia) took a 5 minute lead, but the Katusha team chased them down for overall leader Dani Moreno catching them 20 kilometres out. Breschel attacked into the last bend holding off Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat) and Ben Swift (Sky) to the line.

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 3 Result:
1. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank in 3:52:35
2. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-BigMat
3. Ben Swift (GB) Sky
4. Allan Davis (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
5. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
6. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Orbea-Continental
7. Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-Shimano
8. Jйrйmie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
9. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar
10. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 3:
1. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha in 10:05:14
2. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky at 0:02
3. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank at 0:09
4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 0:11
5. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
6. Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Coldeportes
7. Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:15
8. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
9. Javier Moreno Bazбn (Spa) Movistar
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky.

The overall leader; Dani Moreno of Katusha managed to add to his lead on Stage 4, although Rabobank won its second stage in a row with Paul Martens on this occasion. Moreno was second on the stage ahead of Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat). Twenty riders found themselves ahead after the peloton had split in a cross wind; Paul Martens, Robert Gesink & Matti Breschel (Rabobank), Daniel Moreno, Joaquim Rodriguez & Angel Vicioso (Katusha), Stefano Garzelli & Francesco Reda (Acqua & Sapone), Simon Clarke & Mitchell Docker (Orica-GreenEdge), Eros Capecchi & Daniele Ratto (Liquigas-Cannondale), Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), Thomas Damuseau, Yukihiro Doi & Johannes Frцlingher (Argos-Shomano), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky), Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat) and Jйrйmie Galland (Saur-Sojasun).

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) attacked on the 2 kilometre climb to the finish, Martens crossed to him for the win and Moreno came after the German with some others swamping Flecha before the finish.

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 4 Result:
1. Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank in 3:50:35
2. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha at 0:02
3. Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:05
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-BigMat
5. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
6. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank at 0:06
7. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano
8. Jйrйmie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:09
9. Francesco Reda (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
10. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 4:
1. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha in 13:55:51
2. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank at 0:13
3. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone at 0:14
4. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano at 0:19
5. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 0:20
6. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:22
7. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
8. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank at 0:27
9. Jйrйmie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:30
10. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky at 0:32.

Dani Moreno (Katusha) held onto the lead to win the Vuelta a Burgos overall, but it wasn’t easy. Stage 5 finished up the climb of the Lagunas de Neila and Sergio Henao (Sky) and Johan Chaves Rubio (Colombia-Coldeportes) dropped Moreno with 5 kilometres still to go to the finish and it looked like Henao had made up the 32 seconds he needed to take the final overall from Moreno. Moreno was 30 seconds behind Henao with 1K to go, but as the Colombian pair fought out the stage Moreno came back to finish only 22 seconds in arrears. Chaves took his first win as a professional and hopes his Colombia-Coldeportes team would get some more race invites, saying; “This win might lead us to an exciting campaign in the second half of 2012.”

After the finish Moreno said: “This last stage wasn’t easy because it was very hard with steep climbing. In the end I suffered a little bit. When Henao attacked it was hard to follow him, but I had a good gap in general classification so I tried to manage it. On the last part of the uphill I gave my best in order to gain some precious seconds. I want to thank my team, especially “Purito” (Joaquim Rodriguez) he helped me a lot during this competition, now I’m ready to give my support to him during the Vuelta a Espana. I feel in a good shape, and he is too. I’m sure we will take some good results.”

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 5:
1. Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia-Coldeportes in 4:17:59
2. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky
3. Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:11
4. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha at 0:22
5. Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela at 0:26
6. Javier Moreno Bazбn (Spa) Movistar at 0:32
7. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:48
8. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 0:55
9. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank at 0:58
10. David Arroyo (Spa) Movistar at 1:16.

Vuelta a Burgos Final Overall:
1. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha in 18:14:12
2. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky at 0:10
3. Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia-Coldeportes at 0:16
4. Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela at 0:50
5. Javier Moreno Bazбn (Spa) Movistar at 0:58
6. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank at 1:03
7. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 1:09
8. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 1:28
9. Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1:29
10. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano at 1:43.

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Paris-Corrиze 2012
BMC’s Adam Blyth won stage 1 from Jonathan Cantwell (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Kevyn Ista (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda), Stage 2; Kenny Elissonde (FDJ-BigMat) outsprinted Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis, Le Crйdit en Ligne) to win the 170.2-kilometer stage, while Tschopp edged out Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r-La Mondiale) in his own two-up sprint to the line nine seconds later. The result was Tschopp’s best of the season and his first podium finish since placing third on Stage 8 of the 2010 Vuelta a Espaсa. “I’m very happy with my result,” Tschopp said. “I was the first guy to attack on the last climb and it was a really hard climb.” On Wednesday’s opening stage, Tschopp finished 101st, but in the same time as teammate Adam Blythe – who won the 168.1 km race. Blythe withdrew from Thursday’s stage after 35 km, suffering from fatigue.

Pleased With Performance
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said he was proud of the team’s performance, particularly given his pre-race expectations. “We had a clear mission to get results coming in and we got a stage win and a third place and third on the final podium, so we did what we set out to do here,” Sciandri said. “All of the guys worked well together and showed what good teamwork can accomplish.” In the overall standings, Garcia took the victory ahead of Bonnafond and Tschopp.

Paris-Corrиze Stage 2 Result:
1. Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-BigMat in 4:22:23
2. Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Cofidis
3. Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC at 0:09
4. Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
5. Larsen Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank at 0:15
6. Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:20
7. Vincent Jerome (Fra) Europcar at 1:25
8. Grйgory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda
9. Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller at 1:53
10. Jonas Aaen Joergensen (Den) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank.

Paris-Corrиze Final Overall:
1. Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Cofidis at 8:26:14
2. Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:09
3. Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC
4. Larsen Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank at 0:15
5. Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:20
6. Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar at 1:25
7. Grйgory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda
8. Jonas Aaen Joergensen (Den) Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank at 1:53
9. Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller
10. Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 at 1:59.

Stage 2 presentation:

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step to Eneco Tour
Press Release: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has officially announced the squad which will take part in the Eneco Tour.

“The Eneco Tour is a very important race for us,” explains Rik Van Slycke, who will guide the team with Wilfried Peeters. “The route is very interesting and varied. The second stage is a team time trial in which we want to do well. The race will also give us some indications for the Teams’ World Championships in Valkenburg. In the individual time trial athletes like Chavanel, Terpstra and Kwiatkowski could do well and perhaps make it into the higher ranks of the general classification. The last stage, which arrives in Geraardsbergen, presents a finish similar to that of a small classic.

The Eneco Tour is a World Tour race. Our objective is to be a major player in every phase of the race. In the competition we have the Belgian champion Boonen and Dutch champion Terpstra. It will be further motivation to honour the race in the best way possible.”

Tom Boonen (BEL),
Sylvain Chavanel (FRA),
Dries Devenyns (BEL),
Michal Kwiatkowski (POL),
Gert Steegmans (BEL),
Niki Terpstra (NED),
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL),
Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL).
Sports Directors: Wilfried Peeters (BEL) & Rik van Slycke (BEL).

Eneco Tour Stages:
Stage 1 Waalwijk – Middelburg 203.9 km
Stage 2 Sittard – Sittard 18.9 km (TTT)
Stage 3 Riemst – Genk 181.8 km
Stage 4 Heers – Bergen op Zoom 215.9 km
Stage 5 Hoogerheide – Aalter 184.6 km
Stage 6 Ardooie – Ardooie 17.4 km (ITT)
Stage 7 Maldegem – Geraardsbergen 202.6 km.

Pro Team Astana at the Eneco Tour
On the hunt for more success on the streets of Holland and Belgium

Press Release: Set a date for 6 August in Waalvijk: this is the starting point for the Eneco Tour, a 7-stage classic which winds through Holland and Belgium, two Meccas for cycling. There is a deep-running sporting culture here and Pro Team Astana’s list of riders will definitely not leave the public disappointed.

The directeur sportif, Guido Bontempi, explains: “We have chosen riders with different attributes who are best equipped to tackle the varied route of this tour, which begins with a windy day alongside the ocean for several kilometres and ends with the legendary Wall of Geraardsbergen which will be climbed no less than three times. The second-day time trial at Sittard is also of interest, particularly because it will also be the location of the Team Time Trial World Championships on 16 September. The best way to tackle the Eneco Tour is from the front; each stage is different and must be taken one day at a time. This is precisely why our team is so varied; all of our riders can have a positive impact”.

Dmitriy Gruzdev,
Jacopo Guarnieri,
Valentin Iglinskiy,
Tanel Kangert,
Dimitriy Muravyev,
Evgeny Petrov,
Simone Ponzi,
Sergey Renev.
DS’s: Guido Bontempi and Gorazd Stangelj.

Lampre-ISD for Eneco Tour
After the Tour de France and the London Games, international cycling will be back with the appointment in Benelux where, from 6 to 12 August, Eneco Tour will take place. The Lampre-ISD team will be directed by Roberto Damiani and Orlando Maini and has selected experienced athletes and two young guns; Adriano Malori and Diego Ulissi. The team could aim at successes thanks to Hondo, Mori, Petacchi, Pietropolli, Righi and Bono, who has won one stage in Eneco Tour 2011.

Blue-fuchsia riders will rely on the will by Petacchi to compete for the victories after his abandon of Tour de France, on the good shape of Mori and on the aim of Ulissi and Malori to be protagonist in the second part of the season.

Phinney Headlines BMC Racing Team Roster For Eneco Tour
Press Release: With both a team time trial and an individual time trial at the Eneco Tour of Benelux, the BMC Racing Team will look to Olympian Taylor Phinney to lead the squad in the seven-day race that begins Monday.

Aiming For The Overall
In last year’s Eneco Tour, Phinney won the prologue, held the lead through Stage 3 and finished in the top 10 five times on the way to fourth place overall. The former U.S. national time trial champion said he’s in even better shape this time, coming off a pair of fourth place finishes in the Olympic road race and time trial in London. “Last year I was on a level that I would consider a lot lower than where I am now,” Phinney said. “I’d like to go back this time and win the team time trial and the short time trial and I think we have a shot to win the race overall.” BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said Phinney isn’t the only one enjoying good form. “Klaas Lodewyck is going well, as is Greg Van Avermaet and Adam Blythe won earlier this week in Paris-Corrиze,” he said. “So we’re definitely motivated to go for the overall.”

RadioShack-Nissan team for the Eneco Tour
Jan Bakelants,
Tony Gallopin,
Linus Gerdemann,
Ben Hermans,
Markel Irizar,
Giacomo Nizzolo,
Nelson Oliveira,
Robert Wagner.
Directors: Dirk Demol & Josй Azevedo/Alain Gallopin.

Philippe Gilbert in Eneco 2011:

Pro Team Astana are Proud to Announce the Signing of Leading Riders for the 2013 and 2014 Season
Team And Fans Excited As Vincenzo Nibali & Alessandro Vanotti Line Up For PRO TEAM ASTANA Next Season

Press Release: Pro Team Astana today announce the signing of leading riders Vincenzo Nibali & Alessandro Vanotti strengthening their line-up for 2013 and 2014.

Alexandr Vinokurov said: “The arrival of Vincenzo and Alessandro will strengthen our line-up for 2013 and 2014 considerably. We have worked hard to be in a position to sign these two great riders and now that the contract has been signed we are delighted to present them to the world. This is an exciting time for PRO TEAM ASTANA. Building from our successes this year across a range of events including; the Tour de France and the Olympics, we are working forward to ensure we are competitive for the 2013 and 2014 season and with the signing of Vincenzo and Alessandro to the team we certainly are on track to achieve our goals.”

Team Manager Giuseppe Martinelli commented: “PRO TEAM ASTANA being able to attract talent of the calibre of Vincenzo Nibali & Alessandro Vanotti shows a real statement of intent for 2013 and 2014. Their arrival next season will strengthen our team, their talents complement our current stable of riders and I am sure fans of cycling will be as excited as we are about them joining the team.”

Two More Years at Astana for Kessiakoff
Fredrik Kessiakoff has signed a new contract with his present team; Astana for the next two years. He told Eurosport; “Astana was the first choice and it feels great to have it on paper that I will stay there for two more years.” Kessiakoff had a great Tour de France, holding the mountains jersey for seven days.

Kessiakoff in the Tour 2012:

Coppel to Cofidis
Jйrфme Coppel has left Saur-Sojasun to move to the, some might say, bigger French team; Cofidis. The 25 year old turned pro for Franзaise des Jeux in 2008 after being 3rd in the U23 World TT championships in 2006 and 2007 and possibly due to his inclusion in the Saur-Sojasun team they were invited to ride the 2011 Tour de France where he finished 14th overall and 3rd in the white young rider’s classification.

Taaramдe Stay’s with Cofidis
Rein Taaramдe has extended his contract with Cofidis, the Estonian was Cofidis’s only rider to show well at this year’s Tour de France by holding the young rider’s jersey for a week, but finishing in 36th place overall. Since he turned professional in 2008 (for Cofidis) he has usually been the French team’s best performer.

Dennis Signs for Garmin-Sharp
Young Australian Rohan Dennis has signed a two year contract to start in January with Garmin-Sharp after winning his Olympic Silver medal in the team pursuit. Dennis has been riding well since coming to the American team’s notice at the Tour Down Under were he finished 5th overall, he is also Australian U23 road and TT champion and won the German Thьringen Tour.

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step to Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Belgian team will be supporting the 2010 and 2011 Tour of Utah winner, Levi Leipheimer. The team is a strong mix of (only) six riders to fight it out against a mix of WorldTour, ProConti and Conti teams in the Rocky Mountains.

“The race is very challenging,” explained Brian Holm, who will be guiding the team. “Already on the first day it will be important to stay concentrated; there are more than 2700 metres of altitude change spread out over 210km of racing. The second day we will face a team time trial which is essential for the classification. Saturday will be the Queen Stage with more than 3000 metres of altitude change and a high altitude arrival at Snowbird Ski. We’ll also have to suffer on the last day with a short but very tense stage. Leipheimer will be the squad leader.”

“I’m looking forward to defending my titles at the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado,” Leipheimer said. “As an American rider, it’s always a special experience to race in front of a home crowd and these two races have quickly become world class with beautiful demanding courses and enthusiastic fans.”

Levi Leipheimer.
Martin Velits,
Peter Velits,
Matt Brammeier,
Jeroen Hoorne,
Francesco Chicchi.

RadioShack-Nissan for Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
George Bennett,
Matthew Busche,
Chris Horner,
Ben King,
Joost Posthuma,
Thomas Rohregger,
Jens Voigt,
Oliver Zaugg.
Director: Lars Michaelsen.

BMC Racing Team Brings Climbers To Utah Race
Press Release: The most challenging stages of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will be well-suited to the strengths of climbers Brent Bookwalter, Mathias Frank, Ivan Santaromita and Johann Tschopp, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said.

Hardest Days At The End
The six-day race begins Tuesday and includes a 21.7-kilometer team time trial on Stage 2 and back-to-back mountain-top finishes on the final two stages. “We’re going to try to place Mathias high in the overall and go for some stage wins while also using this race as preparation for Colorado,” Sayers said. Frank won the “Best Swiss Rider” classification at the Tour de Suisse while Tschopp recently finished third overall at Paris-Corrиze. Bookwalter said he has ridden the final two stages and they are as difficult as advertised. “In previous editions of the race, the queen stage to Snowbird has shown who the strongest guys are,” he said. “But this year, having another day after that – which is even more demanding – will for sure shake things up.”

Roster Includes Two Stagiaires
The BMC Racing Team will utilize two stagiaires in its seven-rider line-up: Mathias Flьckiger of Switzerland and American Larry Warbasse, who is a member of the BMC Racing Team Under 23 squad and the BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team. Warbasse said his appointment to the team is a dream come true. “For my first race to be Utah seems to be fitting as well,” he said. “It’s the first race I did with the BMC Racing Team as a development rider two years ago. I hope to learn as much as possible riding with the team’s experienced riders who are Tour de France participants, Olympians, and Grand Tour stage winners. I hope to leave the race a better rider than I came in.”

Brent Bookwalter (USA),
Mathias Flьckiger (SUI),
Mathias Frank (SUI),
Ivan Santaromita (ITA),
Michael Schдr (SUI),
Johann Tschopp (SUI),
Larry Warbasse (USA).
Sport Director: Michael Sayers (USA).

Download the BMC Racing Team race card (PDF with roster, bios, statistics, etc.): https://bit.ly/MpiB5f.

2011 Tour of Utah:

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step to Tour de l’Ain
Press Release: “Following tradition it will be a challenging race, especially as far as the last stages go,” said Jan Schaffrath, who will be directing the team. “It will start with a fraction suited to sprinters in which we can count on Fenn and Ciolek. The second day will be two semi-stages — one in the morning that again will favour sprinters, and one in the afternoon, a team time trial in which we’ll have to do well if we want to stand any chance in the classifications. Instead the last three stages are designed on routes that, as always, have been challenging around these parts. They are stages suited to breakaways, but in which the teams of the classified men will have to work hard to keep the race together. Especially in the last two stages, in the department of the Jura, the race will be decided. There are two uphill arrivals; it will be important to stay ahead and fight to obtain a good result with athletes like Pauwels, Vandewalle and Cataldo, who is racing for t he first time since his nice victory in the Italian time trial championship.”

Dario Cataldo (ITA),
Gerald Ciolek (GER),
Andrew Fenn (GBR),
Nikolas Maes (BEL),
Serge Pauwels (BEL),
Frantisek Rabon (CZE),
Kristof Vandewalle (BEL).
Sports Director: Jan Schaffrath (GER).

Stage 1 Montmerle sur Saone – Trevoux 157.0 km
Stage 2 Lagnieu – Amberieu en Bugey 83.5 km
Stage 3 Saint Vulbas – Saint Vulbas 11.1 km (TTT)
Stage 4 Belley – Montreal la Cluse 154.0 km
Stage 5 Nantua – Septmoncel 156.0 km
Stage 6 Saint Claude – Lelex 132.0 km.

La Vuelta Ciclista a Espaсa Keeps Growing and Developing
Images from the TVE will be aired over the five continents allowing millions of viewers to enjoy the race and beautiful Spanish landscapes over the space of 3 weeks. More than 150 countries will broadcast the 21 stages live.

Press Release: The Vuelta will start this 18th of August from Pamplona, and will be broadcast live over the 5 continents. For 3 weeks, Spanish sceneries, filmed by the TVE and aired on more the 150 countries, will be seen in every corner of the world. The Vuelta will then be the world center stage for cycling fans. Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Australia, United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Columbia and Japan, will be some of the countries to offer the 21 stages of the race live.

Furthermore, press agencies, such as Reuters, SNTV, Reuters, EBU and Perform will offer a full daily service to more than 190 countries. In this way, the Vuelta continues developing and increasing its international coverage. Spanish roads will be seen worldwide. Millions of viewers will enjoy, in those 3 weeks, an elite sport competition, full of emotions while, at the same time, discover some of the most beautiful areas in Spain.

The Vuelta a Espaсa 2012 Route:

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