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The USADA/Armstrong case rolls on and its fingers are reaching deeper. We look at the further affects on Johan Bruyneel, Matt White, Armstrong himself and in particular; Levi Leipheimer. Cyclo-Cross is gearing up and the Tour of Beijing has wound down. There is the usual other news and as you know video plays a big part in EuroTrash so we start with a great offering from Clif Bars. Coffee and a Clif Bar anyone?

Clif Bar Rocks the Videos
While YouTube started as the place to slap up any ol’ piece of video for the world to see, it’s also become the place for companies to spread their own messages – be they corporate or otherwise. And thankfully for us viewers, this has led to high quality videos that are actually fun to watch. Clif Bar has been using the video space for some time, and while you may not think of Clif as a ‘go to’ for entertaining film, they’re doing a better job than many when it comes to talking to viewers without “talking” to them.

Here’s a cool montage that shows how much a part of competitive cycling culture they’ve become since they launched 20 years ago.

”Top Story”

The USADA Fall-out Continues:

Is it the Beginning of the End for Bruyneel?
Lance Armstrong’s manager from his come back to his retirement and second come back was Johan Bruyneel and according to many of the rider affidavits he was deeply involved in the teams’ use of doping products. The Belgian federation, to who he is registered with, has forwarded a dossier to the federal authorities and could give him a life time ban. His present team; RadioShack-Nissan have parted ways with Bruyneel and he still has a pending court case with USADA. So is this the end for Bruyneel?

Leopard SA and Johan Bruyneel end their Collaboration
Press Release: Acting in mutual agreement, on October 12 Leopard SA and Johan Bruyneel decided to end their collaboration. From this day on, Johan Bruyneel will no longer act in the position of General Manager of cycling team RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK.

The Reasoned Decision published by the USADA included a number of testimonies as a result of their investigation. In light of these testimonies, both parties feel it is necessary to make this decision since Johan Bruyneel can no longer direct the Team in an efficient and comfortable way. His departure is desirable to ensure the serenity and cohesiveness within the Team.

RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK wishes to thank Johan Bruyneel for his dedication and devotion since his arrival in the Team.

The USADA investigation does not concern the activities of Mr. Bruyneel while managing the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK Team. Johan Bruyneel contests the validity of the procedure as well as the charges against him.

Armstrong to Lose Olympic Medal?
In the light of the USADA confessions and the life time ban dated back to August the 1st 1998; the International Olympic Committee may strip Lance Armstrong of his individual time trial bronze medal from the Sydney Olympics. The IOC is looking into the case, but a spokes man said to AFP: “It would be premature at this stage to say if the IOC envisages taking any steps. If we find proof that justifies the opening of disciplinary procedures, we will of course act as a result.” Whether or not Hein Verbruggen is on the committee, is not known.

The 2000 Olympic time trial:

Might the U.S. Attorney’s Investigation be Restarted?
The Federal prosecutors stopped their investigation in February, much to the surprise of many who were working on the case. There is now pressure to revive the investigation due to the USADA findings.

Could Armstrong be Jailed for Perjury?
There is a possibility that Lance Armstrong could be charged with Perjury if a court decided he was lying when questioned by the grand jury. In a similar case, Marion Jones was sentenced to 6 months in jail after she admitted to lying to a jury, in 2008, of her drug use. Don’t forget there are reported cases of “attempted witness intimidation” in the USADA report, including details of confrontations or issues with Filippo Simeoni, Christophe Bassons, Tyler Hamilton, Levi Leipheimer, Betsy and Frankie Andreau, Jonathan Vaughters and Dr. Prentice Steffen, Emma O’Reilly and Floyd Landis.

The Sunday Times to Take Legal Action?
The English newspaper The Sunday Times was forced to pay Lance Armstrong a large amount due to an article in 2006 in which the American claimed to be defamed due to his claim that he raced clean. A spokesman of the paper told Reuters that they were “considering taking action to recover the money spent on a libel case he brought, and to pursue him for fraud.” It is thought that the case cost The Sunday Times one million U.S. Dollars.

And SCA Promotions Money?
Tailwind Sports, the U.S. Postal Service team management company, took out a kind of insurance policy with SCA Promotions that they would cover Armstrong’s performance bonuses when he won the Tour de France. They were to pay 5 million U.S. Dollars after he won his sixth Tour in 2004, SCA refused due to what was written in the LA Confidential book by David Walsh, this fell on stony ground as there had not been a doping clause in the contract and SCA lost. It has been estimated that SCA would have paid in the region of 12 million U.S. Dollars including Armstrong’s legal costs. Depending on how things pan-out there could be some expensive law suits on the way.

Matt White Confesses and Leaves Orica-GreenEdge
The Australian Matt White has admitted that he was part of the drug fuelled system of the U.S. Postal team between the years of 2001 and 2003. He said; “”I am sad to say that I was part of a team where doping formed part of the team’s strategy, and I too was involved in that strategy. My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me and also to other athletes in my era that consciously chose not to dope.” After he left U.S. Postal he rode for Cofidis before returning to Bruyneel at Discovery Channel. After he hung up his wheels he became a DS for Garmin, this ended badly after he took Garmin rider; Trent Lowe to the questionable Dr. Luis del Moral for tests. White helped get the Orica-GreenEdge team off the ground and became the Australian men’s team selector. He has stood down from these positions pending an investigation by the Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority, but could return at a later date.

Matt White with Orica-GreenEdge at Tirreno Adriatico:

Levi Leipheimer’s Confession
Levi Leipheimer rode with Lance Armstrong under the management of Johan Bruyneel at U.S. Postal, Discovery Channel, Astana and RadioShack-Nissan and has admitted doping from 2000 to 2007. By his own admission he doped for 7 years, although Leipheimer was “positive” when he won the 1996 U.S. National Criterium Championships in Grandview Heights, Ohio, ephedrine was found in his system, it was claimed to have come from hay fever medicine.

If you want to read his affidavit to USADA, here it is: https://d3epuodzu3wuis.cloudfront.net/Leipheimer%2c+Levi%2c+Affidavit.pdf.

Leipheimer’s statement: “I, Levi Leipheimer, accept the following sanction as a result of my doping offenses for my use of the prohibited substances EPO and testosterone and the use of prohibited blood transfusions. I used prohibited substances and/or prohibited methods during 2000 and 2001 while a member of the United States Postal Service Cycling Team, during 2002 through 2004 while on the Rabobank Cycling Team, during 2005 and 2006 while on the Gerolsteiner Cycling Team and during 2007 while a member of the Discovery Channel Cycling Team.”

Leipheimer also wrote in The Wall Street Journal: “Today, I accept responsibility and Usada’s sanctions for participating in the dirty past of cycling. I’ve been racing clean for more than 5 years in a changed and much cleaner sport. I hope that my admission will help to make these changes permanent.

Until recently—or maybe even until today—when people thought about doping, they thought about a guy, by himself, using banned substances to get ahead. What people didn’t realize—what I didn’t realize until after I was already committed to this career—was that doping was organized and everywhere in the peloton. Doping wasn’t the exception, it was the norm.

When I was a 13-year-old kid, my dream was to ride the Tour de France. I fully devoted my life to that goal. I left home as a teenager, passed on a college degree, moved to Europe at 19 and lived in hostels with roommates who didn’t speak my language.

Having made sacrifices for my dream, several years after I turned pro, I came to see cycling for what it was: a sport where some team managers and doctors coordinated and facilitated the use of banned substances and methods by their riders. A sport where the athletes at the highest level—perhaps without exception—used banned substances. A sport where doping was so accepted that riders from different teams—who were competitors on the road—coordinated their doping to keep up with other riders doing the same thing.

I regret that this was the state of affairs in the sport that we love and I chose as my career. I am sorry that I was forced to make the decisions I made. I admit that I didn’t let doping deter me from my dream. I admit that I used banned substances.

I know that learning this will disappoint many of my fans and friends and I am sorry that the sport and I have let you down.

Right or wrong, in my mind the choice was “do it or go home.” For me that was not a choice. People will be disappointed and say I was wrong, that I should have chosen differently, and am just making excuses. I made the decision I made. I don’t offer this description of the sport as an excuse, simply as an explanation of the context and reason for my decision. I won’t lie about it—I have to own it—I accept responsibility for my decision.

I could have come forward sooner. But would that have accomplished anything—other than to end my career? One rider coming forward and telling his story in the face of cycling’s code of silence would not have fixed a problem that was institutional.

When Usada came to me and described a solution—where my admission could be part of a bigger plan that would make the positive changes we’ve seen in recent years permanent—I said “I need to be involved.” I don’t want today’s 13 year olds to be discouraged by their parents from dreaming about one day riding the Tour de France.

Thanks to better testing and a shift in the culture of the sport, cycling has been much cleaner for a number of years. The new generation of riders is not faced with the decisions we were. By taking responsibility for what we have done, my generation will make sure it stays that way.

The statement from Leipheimer’s previous Rabobank team: The Rabobank Cycling Team’s management has been informed of the results of the USADA report. It is specifically disappointed about the confession made by Levi Leipheimer.

These testimonies confirm that cycling still faces difficult times, especially created by its past. The team’s management would like to see that the world of cycling collectively closes the issue. However, the problem appears to be so big that this should be done centrally.

The sport of cycling has a huge past but in the meantime the sport also has a great future. The Rabobank Cycling Team is convinced the sport is heading in the right direction. The team’s management looks towards the future. Rabobank wants to achieve results in cycling in a clean and fair manner.

The statement from Leipheimer’s present Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team: Following the information released by Usada regarding Levi Leipheimer, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team announces that the rider has been placed on non-active status. The Team takes the decision of Usada and the consequent statement of Mr. Leipheimer very seriously. The Team wants to review and consider all the information now being made available and speak personally with the rider before a final decision is made.

Levi’s letter to friends and supporters:
“Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for helping to make this year’s GranFondo such a success. You and the GranFondo represent the very best things about cycling. You and the GranFondo mean more to me and Odessa than I can express.

I am writing to personally explain the events of the last two days in my own words and with my own voice. Much has and will be written about the USADA Reasoned Decision published on October 10. On Wednesday I released a formal statement published in the Wall Street Journal taking responsibility for my use of performance enhancing methods in a period which ended over five years ago. For this I have accepted a six-month ban from competitive cycling. I truly regret letting you down.

Jason Gay, a writer for the Wall Street Journal writing about the USADA decision said; “This is what honesty often looks like: messy and painful.” And he is right. This admission was terrifying to confront, not because I was afraid of the truth–the truth meant a better sport, after all–but because I was afraid of how those I cared about would react. I didn’t know whether they would be willing to understand why I made these choices and whether they would continue to invest and believe in the good that Odessa and I have tried to do with the notoriety this career has provided us.

There have been many changes for the better in cycling over the past 5 years and I am committed to doing what I can to make these changes permanent. I don’t want today’s young riders to be discouraged from following their dreams. I want to do what I can to ensure that future riders are not faced with the same dilemmas I was.

Regardless of the mistakes I’ve made, nothing lessens my commitment to cycling and the good it can do. I hope you understand that the GranFondo is not about me or my racing accolades, my successes or failures. It’s about much more than that. I hope you believe in this as I do, and that you’ll join us again next year on October 5th to share in the appreciation of something that has brought people together from around the world. I hope you look forward to sharing that moment with me and others as much I do.
Levi Leipheimer”

At home with Levi Leipheimer:

Bpost Bank Trofee – Ronse 2012
The first round of the newly named Bpost Bank Trofee in Ronse was won by World cyclo-cross champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) ahead of Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) who won this event last year. Pauwels didn’t win the race, but he took the first overall lead due to winning the intermediate sprint and finishing at 4 seconds from Albert. After a bad start, Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) worked his way through the other riders to finish third at over 1 minute, but was disappointed saying “I made one mistake today, and it cost me my good start position. I will not focus on the classification and aim for victories.” Albert was stronger rider and had a gap of 10 seconds over Pauwels going into the final laps, but his power left him and Pauwels came back to 4 seconds to take the overall. After the finish Pauwels remarked on Sporza TV: “I knew I had to finish within five seconds. I gave it all to get into that time gap.” The next race in the Trofee is on the Koppenberg on the 4th of November.

Bpost Bank Trofee – Ronse Result:
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 57:31
2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:04
3. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 1:09
4. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink-Leontien.nl at 1:22
5. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 1:52
6. Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl at 1:58
7. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 2:07
8. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabo-Giant Offroad Team at 2:38
9. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 2:52
10. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 2:57.

Bpost Bank Trofee Overall After Round 1:
1. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 15
2. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 10
3. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 5.

Here is the link to the Ronse cross on Sporza.

Tour de Vendйe 2012
Twenty-one year old stagiere; Wesley Kreder won the Tour of Vendйe for his Vacansoleil-DCM team on Sunday in a solo move near the finish. Last year’s winner Marco Marcato was a marked man due to his win in last week’s Paris-Tours, but the Vacansoleil leader had mechanical problems and the youngster saved the day. After an earlier break was pulled back with 40 kilometres to go there were many attacks and counter attacks with Kreder amongst the action before he made his winning move. Kreder will be riding full time with Vacansoleil-DCM in 2013.

Tour de Vendйe Result:
1. Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM in 4:13:08
2. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:02
3. Sйbastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
4. Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller
5. Benoоt Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-BigMat
6. Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller
7. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis
8. Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM
9. Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
10. Said Haddou (Fra) Europcar.

Tour de Vendйe finish in Roche sur Yon:

Tour of Beijing 2012
After Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) took over the overall lead on stage 2 his team were keen on keeping him in that position. On Stage 3 to Yan Qing Ba Da Ling Great Wall; Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) won his first race of the season outsprinting Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) and Norwegian strongman Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) at the end of an undulating course. At the finish twenty riders, including the overall leader Tony Martin, finished 11 seconds ahead of a splintered peloton.

Tour of Beijing Stage 3 Result:
1. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana in 4:05:08
2. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
4. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale
5. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar
6. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank
7. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
8. Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
9. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC
10. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-ISD.

Tour of Beijing Overall After Stage 3
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 9:35:52
2. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana at 0:40
3. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 0:50
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 0:52
5. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
6. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:56
7. Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
9. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar at 1:00
10. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol.

Stage 3 highlights:

Young sprinter; Marco Haller (Katusha) showed a fast pair of heels at the end of Stage 4 to the “old man” of fast finishing; Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) with Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) in third. Earlier in the stage from Yan Qing Gui Chuan Square to Chang Ping Stadium over 165.5 kilometres was enlivened by a group of five taking a lead of over 6 minutes. They were; Jeremy Roy (FDJ-BigMat), Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp), Timofey Kritskiy (Katusha), Mitchell Docker (Orica-GreenEdge) and Alex Dowsett (Sky), but they were pulled back by the finish for the sprint. this suited overall leader Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) who held his 40 second lead over Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) and 50 over Ireland’s Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) doing into the last stage on Saturday.

Gavazzi gave his reaction, straight after the race, to the Astana team’s web-site: “I am delighted with the victory, which I have been chasing for the whole of this year. I have had lots of placings this season, partly due to bad luck and partly because I found myself up against riders who were stronger than me. I was desperate to end the season well, this is my first year at Astana and I wanted to repay the faith of this team, which has always believed in me.

“There are still two stages to go until the end of the Tour of Beijing and I am in second place – 40” down on Tony Martin – with the hardest stages behind us. Now I have got to defend second place and try to make life difficult for the leader of the general classification.”

Tour of Beijing Stage 4 Result:
1. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha in 3:35:39
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
3. Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
4. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
5. Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
6. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
7. Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC
8. Allan Davis (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
9. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
10. Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-BigMat.

Tour of Beijing Overall After Stage 4:
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 13:11:31
2. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana at 0:40
3. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 0:50
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 0:52
5. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
6. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:56
7. Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
9. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar at 1:00
10. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol.

Stage 4 highlights:

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team executed the plan of protecting Tony Martin, sitting in the GC lead since his Stage 2 solo victory of Tour of Beijing, to perfection. Tony Martin won the overall for the 2nd year in a row by 40 seconds at the end of the 182.5km Stage 5 on Saturday.

Steve Cummings (BMC) won the stage, beating breakaway companion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) to the line. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) was 3rd in the chase group, and as a result, he moved into 3rd in the GC. Francesco Gavazzi (Astana Pro Team) finished 2nd overall to Tony Martin.

Hesjedal bridged to the lead group, and then was alone with Cummings. The duo had more than 20 seconds on a chase group into the final kilometre. OPQS did a fantastic job, as they did since Tony Martin was in the GC lead, of protecting the race leader, and Dario Cataldo was with Tony Martin in the final kilometres.

“I am super happy — over the moon,” Martin said. “With this victory we rode technically really well as a team. We were always very clever. We never lost control of the race. It was a great day for us where everybody did their best. We had good legs and were really strong as a team. I really think this week I had a great team around me. I was never in trouble. Today, for example, I was always in the top 10 position in the group. I rode carefully without losing my objective, which was to win the GC. We came here with a lot of ambitions, as did a lot of teams and riders, but we had good tactics and were able to do what we hoped for. Yesterday was the first stage where I did not feel 100 percent, but I survived with the help of my teammates. Today I found my good legs again, so I am happy. I think maybe the one or two big injuries I had this year made a difference in the final part of the season. I was a little bit fresher. The condition was there and I could work without problem. In the last weeks I was thinking about the World Championships and then this race. When you win two times in a row, like the TT World Championship or Tour of Beijing, it’s something special. It gives me a lot more trust in myself. I trained well during the Vuelta, so now the results are there. It’s perfect. I will race the Chrono des Nations on Sunday the 21st, and then will stay at home and take a little bit of rest, enjoying life with my family.”

OPQS ends the UCI WorldTour Season ranked 4th, with 1162 points. Tom Boonen finished the season 3rd in the UCI WorldTour individual classification with 410 points. Tony Martin, with his overall victory at Tour of Beijing, ends the UCI WorldTour season in 28th place (171 points). The third top WorldTour rider for OPQS, Niki Terpstra, ends the season in 31st place (160 points).

“Congratulations to everyone again for this beautiful season,” OPQS Manager Patrick Lefevere said. “It’s nice to open and close the season with a victory as we did this year. I was present in Beijing and everybody did a great effort. Even the guys who led the team, which for us shows this team is really united. Our goal at the beginning of the year was to place between 5th and 9th in the WorldTour classification. We finished 4th, so we finished ahead of our goal ranking. We will now take some days of rest, and then we will start working hard once again to prepare for next season.” Tony Martin won the 57th race for OPQS, in three disciplines, in 2012. Thanks to the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team for info.

BMC’s Steve Cummings earned his second victory of the year in the BMC Racing Team’s final race by first making a 12-man breakaway and then going off alone with Hesjedal, the winner of this year’s Giro d’Italia, on the final climb. The two had 30 seconds at the top – 30 kilometers from the finish of the 182.5 km race – before bombing down a treacherous descent and maintaining their lead over a chasing group of 28 riders that ultimately finished 17 seconds behind them. “There’s no better way to close the season – especially for Steve,” BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. “He had two fractures and came back. The potential is unlimited in him if he starts believing in himself even more than he does now. Overall, this was a good race for us. We were in the breaks we needed to be and we contested the sprints we could.”

‘Nice To Win This Way’
Cummings, who also won Stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espaсa, said everything fell into place. It began with a hard start to the last day of racing in the five-day event. “That normally means you’ll get really strong guys in the breakaway and that’s what happened,” he said. “I used my strength in the right places today. I thought I would have to make two efforts – both on the two climbs. That way it’s even hard for guys riding on the wheels as well as on their own. So it was great that Ryder came across because he’s so strong. I knew he’d go 100 percent.” Cummings overcame a number of injuries and mishaps this season before his solo victory at the Vuelta. He broke his left wrist at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, broke his pelvis at the Volta ao Algarve, injured his left wrist at the Amgen Tour of California and suffered severe road rash when he crashed at the Tour de France. “It’s sure nice to win this way,” he said.

Frank In Top 20 Overall
Mathias Frank, in 16th place, was the BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider in the overall standings as Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) captured the overall for the second straight year. Frank was riding at the back of the group that was chasing the leading pair all the way to the line. “The guys I was with were chasing full gas, but those two were riding so strongly,” Frank said. “As far as the race overall for me, it was OK. I had a couple good stages and am pretty happy.”

Tour of Beijing Stage 5 Result:
1. Stephen Cummings (GB) BMC in 4:05:08
2. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp at 0:02
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 0:17
4. Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
6. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
7. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank
8. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
9. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC
10. Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge.

Tour of Beijing Final Overall Result:
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 17:16:56
2. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana at 0:40
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 0:46
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 0:50
5. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:52
6. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:56
7. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
8. Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM
9. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar at 1:00
10. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol.

Stage 5 highlights:

Tony Martin after the finish:

No Cavendish at Omega Pharma – Quick-Step?
It’s looking less likely that Mark Cavendish will be going to the Belgian team in some kind of swap as has been reported recently. The talk had been of Mark Cavendish going to the team of Patrick Lefevere and his riders; Andy Fenn and Michal Kwiatkowski going to the Sky team. Lefevere has said that he is very interested in the fast man from the Isle of Man, but he has to be free of his contract with Sky before he gets into any contractual discussions. The Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Manager said; “I will never pay. I can make an agreement with Mark and his agents and he can pay Sky if they have to be paid, I am ready to make an agreement with him and probably he will not come to us for less money.”

Mark with Stuff Magazine:

No Tour in 2013 for Cancellara?
Fabian Cancellara will be riding for the RadioShack-Nissan team next year as he has said he will honour his contract, which might now be easier due the departure of Johan Bruyneel. In a rare interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad he said he wanted to go “for Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.” He added “I even think I could skip the Tour, especially now that there is no prologue.”

Fabian in Flanders:

Team Spidertech powered by C10 Postpones Competition in 2013
Management focuses efforts on 2014 goals.

Press Release: Cycle Sport Management Inc. (CSMI) today announced that Team SpiderTech Powered by C10, Canada’s only professional continental cycling team, is postponing racing activities for the 2013 season and will use the upcoming year to focus on acquiring additional corporate sponsorship.

The team has been competing at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Pro Continental level since 2011. Entry into the UCI WorldTour, will elevate the team’s status and provide access to compete in the premier cycling races around the globe, including the Tour de France.

“We’re stepping away from continental competition in order to focus our efforts on gaining UCI WorldTour status,” said Steve Bauer, owner of Cycle Sport Management Inc. “We have made the decision to focus our efforts entirely on making the jump to the WorldTour in 2014 and have determined that we need to acquire additional financial partnerships to reach this goal.”

CSMI has recently made headway with several potential Canadian corporate sponsors, however more time is required to secure partnerships and solidify future financial commitments.

CSMI will continue its operation with SpiderTech Inc. as a partner to develop the internal organization.

The SpiderTech p/b C10 team swept the podium at the Immunity FX Canadian National Road Championships:

Euskaltel-Euskadi to Stay in the WorldTour?
Since the team was promised Ђ40 million over the next four years from the Basque telephone company Euskaltel, the team management has changed and will now sign non-Basque riders to help the team stay in the WorldTour. Team Manager; Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano told Biciciclismo that the team leaders will still be Basque and the foreign riders “will serve to fill up the team’s deficits.” This probably refers to UCI points and the team’s disappointing results in team time trials and in the flatter Classics and non hilly stages. It’s a big change for the team that has been on the road for 20 years.

Pozzato to Lampre-Merida
After quite a few rumours it has been confirmed by Filippo Pozzato via Facebook that he will be riding for Lampre-Merida for the next 3 years. He said: “This is officially! I signed a 3-year contract with Lampre-Merida. Wondered a long time and finally decided to take this step. I think it was the best thing I could do when it comes to my future. Now it’s time to focus on regaining form!” His links with Dr. Michele Ferrari were revealed recently, but after an interview with the Italian Olympic Committee he is looking forward success with his new team.

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