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EuroTrash Monday!

The Winter-Wonderland of Cyclo-cross is still upon us and we have all the weekend results and video action from Belgium. We look at the newest moves of the UCI in the ”Top Story”, a new WorldTour? Plus there is the usual load to spill out of the EuroTrash bag for a Monday morning. Start the week properly with a good catch-up and coffee.

“Top Story”

UCI Discuss Reform
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team owners; Zdenek Bakala and Bessel Kok have announced that they have been in discussions with the UCI on reforming professional cycling with a “Champions League” for cycling. Looking to the future Bakala wants to involve the UCI and the teams in a new set-up, including anti-doping, a new points system, TV revenue sharing and a new race series to replace the WorldTour. If he has spoken to the owners of nearly all the important races; ASO and RCS is not known and if they don’t agree it will all come to nothing.

The UCI have announced “These discussions have included their potential financial investment in a new joint venture company with the UCI and other cycling stakeholders that would promote and organise elements of this new calendar.” The statement continued; “the UCI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with them as the initial investors in the joint venture and will now enter into extensive dialogue with the teams and race organisers before any final agreement is concluded.”

Both sides want to “avoid conflicts of interest”, but should team owner be involved in the running of the sport? Admittedly Bakala has a large personal wealth in the region of $2 billion, so money might not be his reason for involvement. On the other hand does anyone have confidence in the way the UCI is run at the moment with its present top men?

ASO and RCS organise races and do it very well, teams ride those races and shouldn’t be involved in race organisation or the running of the sport. The UCI are meant to be the governing body for the sport, impartial and treating everyone involved in the same way, but that has not been happening recently.

The more in-put from everyone will help, but you need independent bodies to make certain decisions, that is why we have WADA and CAS, maybe they should be more involved?

We need change, I think we all know that, but would we be jumping from the frying pan into the fire?

Superprestige Hamme-Zogge 2012
After a fast start on the road from Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Off-Road) the race split in the first laps, with the World champion; Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) stuck well back in the pack. Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) and van der Haar were off the front and were joined by Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) with Albert trying to work his way up through the riders. On a sharp bend, just over half way; van den Haar made a mistake baulking the others in the group, apart from Nys who made the most of the opportunity and forged on for the solo win by 18 seconds. Albert caught the other chasers; even after a bike change for a broken front changer had slowed him, and left them in his wake for second with a well deserved third place for Lars van der Haar.

Superprestige Hamme-Zogge Result:
1. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony in 1:01:36
2. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:18
3. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team at 0:19
4. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team at 0:35
5. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
6. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 1:02
7. Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
8. Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus
9. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
10. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:09.

The last lap at Hamme-Zogge:

Fidea Jaarmarktcross 2012
World cyclo-cross champion; Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won the Fidea Jaarmarktcross in Niel on Saturday with a solo ride in the last lap. He attacked Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) and Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) as he came out of the pit area. Nys chased hard but couldn’t shake Aernouts from his wheel. Aernouts got the better of Nys coming into the finish, for second. During the race the riders had to change bike most laps due to the muddy conditions and there was a flat section on the pit exit which was perfect for an attack and the World champ didn’t waste the opportunity to take the win from Nys after a three year domination.

Fidea Jaarmarktcross Result:
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 55:18
2. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team at 0:12
3. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 0:22
4. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:30
5. Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 0:38
6. Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV Aube
7. Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team at 1:42
8. Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team at 1:45
9. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
10. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:58.

Fidea Jaarmarktcross action:

Viganт wins Euro Derny Champs
Davide’s Viganт long 2012 season had a golden ending as the Lampre-ISD cyclist won the European Derny title in Montichiari beating Michael Mшrkшv and the former champion Peter Schep.

Supported by the driver Dagnoni, Viganт battled during the race against Schep, who overtook him in the second part of the competition. In the last lap, Schep lost contact with the wheel of his derny and so Viganт could recover his lead in the last bend, so it was Davide first, then Mшrkшv and Schep.

“What a satisfaction, the track always gives strong emotions,” Viganт commented. “The race was a very hard battle and we offered an exciting show; I never gave up and finally I could celebrate the victory.”
Thanks to Lampre team for the race info.

Video of last years Derny Champs:

Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge, Durban 2012
Team MTN-Qhubeka’s Arran Brown won the final leg of the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge in Durban on Sunday. Brown outsprinted Team Bonitas’ Tyler Day to win his second race in as many weekends after winning the MTN OFM Classic last Sunday.

Racing started off aggressively with all teams trying to get into the break. No real move was established but the peloton kept getting reduced after the race passed through the Bluff in Durban. Its narrow roads and short steep hills ensured only 30 riders were left in the bunch with 20km’s left to race. Team Bonitas and Tasol-GT weren’t content with a sprint and tried to send riders up the road to disturb any lead-out from Team MTN-Qhubeka.

“I was feeling good and quite confident for a sprint. After winning last weekend, I knew I was back up to speed,” said Brown.

“Our guys controlled the race towards the end and didn’t allow anyone to escape. Herman Fouche (Team Bonitas) opened his sprint early with 350 metres to go and his teammate Tyler Day was on my wheel. I was nervous but I gambled and only kicked with 200 metres to go. It feels really good to win again and it’s the confidence boost the team wanted before defending our Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge title next weekend.”

Brown’s win in the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge made it two victories from three rounds for Team MTN-Qhubeka, after Jaco Venter won the first round in Wellington. The team finished second in the team competition behind the UCI World Cycling Centre Africa team.

In the women’s race Team MTN-Qhubeka’s Charlotte van der Merwe finished second behind Anriette Schoeman. It was a great ride from van de Merwe who was without most of her teammates as they are on national team duty at the African Continental Championships.
Thanks to Team MTN-Qhubeka.

Elite Men Results:
1. Arran Brown (Team MTN-Qhubeka)
2. Tyler Day (Team Bonitas)
3. David Maree (Tasol-GT).

Elite Women Results:
1. Anriette Schoeman (Mecer)
2. Charlotte van de Merwe (Team MTN-Qhubeka)
3. Cashandra Slingerland (Mecer).

Specialized-lululemon for 2013
The top women’s team; Specialized-lululemon has lost two of its biggest names from last year as Amber Neben has moved on for 2013 and Clara Hughes has retired. Eight of the riders have resigned and they have been joined by new members; Carmen Small, Taylor Wiles and Charlotte Becker. The line-up is still strong with Evelyn Stevens and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg leading the team through a full season.

Specialized-lululemon 2013 Team:
Evelyn Stevens,
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg,
Ally Stacher,
Loren Rowney,
Ellen van Dijk,
Katie Colclough,
Lisa Brennauer,
Trixi Worrack,
Gillian Carleton,
Carmen Small,
Taylor Wiles.

Specialized-Lululemon wins 2011 Women’s World TTT Champs:

Golden Women Cyclists Win at Sportswomen Awards
Continued success of women’s cycling helping inspire females to ride their bikes.

Press Release: British Cycling’s record breaking Olympic Team Pursuit trio of Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, and Paralympic champion Sarah Storey OBE, were honoured at the Sunday Times’ Sportswomen of the Year Awards in London last night.

The Team Pursuit trio said they were ‘really honoured’ to receive the Team of the Year award, while Storey said her Paralympian of the Year award came as a ‘lovely surprise.’

On being named Team of the Year, the Team Pursuit trio said:

“We’re all really honoured to receive this award and it’s just been the best year possible for us. We broke the World record six consecutive times and then became World and Olympic Champions in the space of a few months. To win in London in front of a home crowd with millions watching on TV was absolutely incredible.”

Paralympic champion, Sarah Storey OBE, said: “I never expected I’d win the SWOTY Paralympian of the Year Award so it came as a lovely surprise. I first won it back in 1992 after the Barcelona Paralympic Games, which makes me feel really old! I was gutted I couldn’t make the awards ceremony as I’d been ill, so thank you to Tanni Grey-Thompson for accepting it on my behalf.”

British Cycling’s President, Brian Cookson OBE, said the award is recognition of a new era for women’s cycling:

“It’s fantastic that these brilliant women have been recognised for their amazing achievements and they should be incredibly proud in what has been a remarkable year for our female cyclists.

Alongside the other extraordinary achievements this year by female riders including Victoria Pendleton MBE, Lizzie Armitstead and Lucy Garner, women cyclists are at the very forefront of British sport, and their success is inspiring women across the country to get on their bikes.”

As a result of the success of the GB Cycling Team and initiatives like Breeze – British Cycling’s network of bike rides for women – 54,000 more women are cycling now than were this time last year. Organised and led by female ‘Breeze champions’, fun and free bike rides are taking place throughout the autumn all over the UK on local, accessible routes in small friendly groups.

The Team of the Year award also comes just a few days after it was announced that Trott, King and Rowsell will join the newly established DTPC Honda Dream Team Professional Cycling Team. The British registered team will be a new addition to the UCI calendar, and has received financial backing from Bradley Wiggins CBE through the Wiggo Foundation.

Bad Luck: Wiggins then Sutton!
Bad luck seems to be hounding the Sky/GB team at the moment; last Wednesday evening at 6pm Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike by a white van at a petrol station exit, he was kept in hospital with suspected broken ribs and hand and wrist injuries. Then on Thursday morning it was British Cycling’s head coach; Shane Sutton’s turn to hit the tarmac in the South Manchester area of Levenshume, “Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain. Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days,” said a BC spokesman. Adding; “Shane is making steady progress but is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation. He has fractured his cheek bone which will require surgery in due course. He is expected to make a complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.” Both are expected to make a speedy recovery and Wiggins showed some journalist’s that his middle finger was un-hurt in the fall.

The hospital that Bradley Wiggins was taken too say that he is suffering from damaged ribs and terrible side burns!

Bradley Wiggins is funny in French:

More Bad Luck: Vanthourenhout Crashes into Huskies!
Belgian cyclo-cross rider Sven Vanthourenhout crashed into a pack of huskies when training in the forest with his Landbouwkrediet-Euphony team mate; Sven Nys. In the incident he tore an adductor muscle in his inner thigh, he said to Sporza; “due to the accident, I cannot race this weekend. I want to focus on the months of December, January and February. I want to at least return to my form of last year.”

Sven Vanthourenhout wins the Asteasuko XI Ziklokrosa in 2009:

Shimano stay with Argos
The Japanese cycle components manufacturer; Shimano will be co-sponsor of the Dutch Argos team for at least the next two years. After a successful first year for the Argos sponsored team with wins from sprinters Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb (UCI EuropeTour champion), plus Patrick Gretsch, Ronan van Zandbeek and the Japanese road race champion Yukihiro Doi, the team are looking for “Wildcard Invitations” to the big tours, as in 2009 when the team was Skil-Shimano and again this year when they rode the Tour de France.

Maybe a new truck next year?

Kerby & Lovelock-Fay for Christina Watches
The Danish Conti team; Christina watches-Ofone has signed Jordan Kerby and Mitchell Lovelock-Fay for the 2013 season. Both of the young Australians have been riding for the Jayco-AIS team and have both been Junior World champions on the track, but have been riding well in recent Asian races where they caught the eye of the Christina Watches team leader Michael Rasmussen.

Backstage with Christina Watches:

Anderson & Roth for Champion System
Two Canadian’s; Ryan Anderson and Ryan Roth will be with the Asian ProConti team, Champion System, for 2013. They had been riding for the Canadian Spidertech powered by C10 team, but as they team have suspended their racing plans, Ed Beamon, the Champion System manager, snapped the pair up. Roth is current Canadian National road champion and Anderson has been well placed in US stage races.

Champion System Pro Cycling Team 香港新聞發佈會:

Kristjan Durasek for Lampre
In 2013, Croatia will join the group of Countries that will be represented by Team Lampre’s. General Manager Saronni signed Kristijan Durasek, the first Croatian rider in twenty years of blue-fuchsia history.

Durasek, born in 1987 in Varazdin, became pro in 2008; during his career, he obtained three National titles (road in 2009 and 2011 and time trial in 2011, in addition to his other important results in 2012 season, 3rd position in GP Industria e Artigianato – Larciano, 7th place in Giro dell’Appennino and 3rd in Passo della Bocchetta stage in the Giro di Padania. As a pro rider, he raced for Perutnina Ptuj (2008), Team Loborika (2009, 2010 and 2011) and for Adria Mobil (2012).

Durasek is not worried by the move to a World Tour team: “It was my dream, a huge gratification after many efforts. I thank the teams that supported me during my career. In 2012 I performed an interesting season and I’m sure I will be able to improve my qualities in a top team such Team Lampre.”

Nedbank Pull Out Due to Doping
After South African David George’s positive drugs test for EPO, Nedbank, co-sponsor of Team 360 Life, have ended their links with the team. Nedbank say they will still stay with the sport of cycling with its involvement in “youth development and events which benefit our clients, staff and communities”. The company also stated that the wage of David George, the ex-team mate of Lance Armstrong, would be given to the South African Institute of Drug-Free Sport. Old habits die hard.

Dave Macready talks about the suspension on BallzRadio.

Oscar Freire to be Spanish Coach?
The ex-coach of the most successful Spanish National teams in recent history; Paco Antequera is standing for the position of President of the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) to be elected on the 1st of December. He has said if he is successful he would put forward the name of Oscar Freire for the job of National coach. The position is at the moment vacant as the previous coach; Josй Luis De Santos resigned to take charge of the Specialized-Alberto Contador Foundation development team. Freire is also interested in the job as he commented “It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Oscar Freire wins his three World road championships:

Garcнa Acosta & Laguнa to be DS’s at Movistar
Retired rider; Josй Vincente Garcнa Acosta will be driving a team car next year and will joined by Josй Luis Laguнa. Garcнa Acosta has ridden for the same team throughout his 17 year professional career, under all its different sponsors; Banesto, Illes Balears, Caisse d’Espagne and Movistar. Laguнa was a Pro from 1980 with the Reynolds team before going to PDM-Concorde, back to Reynolds, then Lotus/Festina, Paternina and finally Artiach before hanging his wheels up in 1992. He is best remembered for winning the KOM competition in La Vuelta a Espaсa four times. Recently he has been working with the Movistar Conti team.

Vuelta a Espaсa 1983 to Lagos de Cavadonga, one of the years Laguнa won the KOM:

Lotto Belisol joins MPCC
Press Release: In response to the recent doping problems in cycling Lotto Belisol has joined the MPCC (Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crйdible). The MPCC was established in 2007 by a few French teams and is presided by former sports director Roger Legeay. At the latest presentation of the Tour de France edition 2013 the organizer ASO has openly expressed its support for the MPCC. The MPCC is striving for, in consultation with its members, applying stricter conditions for the way teams handle with riders that are mentioned in a doping related case.

Lotto Belisol has engaged itself as non-French team as a member of the MPCC together with for example Garmin-Sharp and Argos-Shimano. With its history in cycling, the opportunities the team offers to young riders, the attention for guidance and education and the will to be part of the WorldTour as an ethically correct team Lotto Belisol thinks it’s a must to be rather a pioneer than a follower in an era in which cycling is in need of positive signals.

Sports manager Marc Sergeant: “It is indeed a signal we want to give, a sort of statement. Lotto Belisol wants to cooperate properly, think along and participate in the new flow. In the past there was only a minority that openly wanted to go along in the new way of thinking; I think we should strive for a majority. The day before the Tour presentation the MPCC has invited all teams to a meeting. The ASO is tired of the fact that the Tour appears every time in the media with doping related stories, that’s probably why Christian Prudhomme has given his support to the MPCC. I think the time for words should be over, and that they should be transformed into actions. When you see the reactions of a few riders in the current peloton, I am convinced that the present generation is doing it well. The introduction of the biological passport, among other things, has probably been important for it.”

Restore Red Nook
Press Release: WHAT HAPPENED?
Our neigborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn has been left flooded and in shambles following Hurricane Sandy. Countless homes, shops, artist studios, restaurants, bars, and workshops have been devastated. Despite this recent hardship, the heart of this vibrant community cannot be washed away. While our own storefront office flooded, the losses are minimal compared to the dire situation in the neighborhood.

Castelli Cycling has generously stepped up to produce a pair of special benefit jerseys with us to help raise funds for Red Hook’s recovery. Designed by Jonah Birns, the jerseys will be pre-sold exclusively on Gage+DeSoto until December 1st. After production is complete, we will be shipping these in mid-January.

All profits from these jerseys will be split between the Red Hook Initiative (RHI) and Restore Red Hook (RRH). The RHI–an established community center–is operating as the critical organizer of relief efforts. Since then, Restore Red Hook has also been set up to help the many devastated small businesses of Red Hook reopen their doors as soon as possible.

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The Red Hook Crit:

That was the 2012 Season:
If you are suffering from race withdrawal symptoms here is a great recap of the season uploaded by GilbertoSimoni.

The Club Clothing Order!
If you have ever had the misfortune to have to sort out your club’s clothing order this will bring it all back:

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