Cyclo-cross from Belgium and Canada, plus racing in South Africa fills the results, but we lead with Frank Schleck and accusations from Tyler Hamilton. We have all the weekend’s news from the riders, teams, doping, Grand Fondo’s etc. with the usual videos. And finishing with some self indulgence, a Freddy Maertens documentary, great retro that needs a cafй grande. EuroTrash Monday…the week starts here!
The Frank Schleck Doping Case
Since the hearing in mid October into the doping case of Frank Schleck, there has been nothing to report from the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency. The elder Schleck brother tested positive during the Tour de France for the diuretic medicine Xipamid. In an interview in Point 24, a Luxembourg newspaper, Dr. Sax of the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency said that “We must wait for the decision of the Disciplinary Committee” and that “no appointment has been made for the next meeting, much less for a decision.” Frank could be in the same boat as Kolobnev and Contador found themselves with a long wait for a decision.
Adding to Franks problems are the recent statements from Tyler Hamilton who attacked Frank Schleck, his former teammate. “I guess Frank Schleck tried to do exactly the same thing I did with Fuentes, doping,” he said on the website dr.dk.
Hamilton challenged the arguments of Frank Schleck, who is accused of having made a deposit of Ђ7000 in 2006 to Dr. Fuentes, but stated that the amount was for “a sports specific training program by experts.” The Luxembourg Agency for anti-doping closed the case because: “in the absence of facts, it could not be a violation of the anti-doping code.”
However, Hamilton doubts this as: “Fuentes has never given training tips and I never thought he was capable of doing that. I guess Frank Schleck tried to do exactly the same thing I did with Fuentes doping.” Hamilton also does not understand how the case has come to this situation, saying; “other riders have been suspended while Frank Schleck was free. It makes no sense. If it happened today, I do not think it would have happened that way.”
Frank in happy times, Tour de France 2006 Stage 15:
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BPost Bank Trofee Cyclo-cross – GP Hasselt 2012
Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) won Saturday’s BPost Bank Trofee cyclo-cross in Hasselt, but World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) held the overall lead although he finished second at 14 seconds. The important intermediate sprint on the second lap was won by Nys and he took the 15 seconds bonus. Albert took the lead with Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) as Nys was slower on the sand sections. Nys eventually crossed to the leaders on the sixth lap of eight and then a tussle between him and Pauwels saw Pauwels crash at the tree trunks obstacle and Nys kept the pressure on. On the last lap Nys was by far the strongest and stayed away from Albert to the line. According to the World champ Albert, “the race will be decided at Baal,” the GP Sven Nys on the 1st of January.
BPost Bank Trofee Cyclo-cross – GP Hasselt Result:
1. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony in 54:49
2. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:14
3. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:30
4. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:36
5. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:38
6. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:40
7. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drinks-Leontien.nl at 0:49
8. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:52
9. Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:14
10. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 1:21.
Nys in Hasselt:
Superprestige – Gavere 2012
It’s that man Sven Nys again! The Landbouwkrediet-Euphony rider is dominating the 20012/13 season so far with wins pretty well every time he races, as he says; “I don’t think I’ve ever been this good.” His big adversary this year, World champions Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), was not going so well in Gavere and finished sixth, Nys’s main competition came from Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) who rode well in the muddy conditions. Vantornout attacked on the third lap and Nys didn’t bridge until the start of the fifth lap of eight, holding back some energy. The two battled it out over the last laps punch by punch, but it came down to a sprint finish, Vantornout went to the front first but was not fast enough to hold off the Belgian champion, Nys. Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) was 3rd for his best placing of the season.
Superprestige – Gavere Result:
1. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony in 1:03:02
2. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:02
3. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:50
4. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 1:05
5. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:30
6. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:52
7. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 2:07
8. Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink at 2:15
9. Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team at 3:05
10. Lars van der Haar (Ned) at 3:24.
Sorry only the highlights from Gavere:
Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships 2012
The Canadian Cyclo-cross championships were held on Saturday in South Surry, British Columbia.
Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships Results:
1. Mical Dyck (Victoria, BC/Stan’s No Tube)
2. Wendy Simms (Nanaimo, BC)
3. Emily Batty (Brooklin, ON/Team Subaru-Trek).
1. Geoff Kabush (Courtenay, BC/SCOTT-3 Rox Racing)
2. Chris Sheppard (Bend, OR/Rocky Mountain Bicycles)
3. Derrick St-John (Gatineau, QC/Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery).
1. Evan McNeely (Ottawa, ON/Specialized Canada)
2. Evan Guthrie (Peachland, BC/Rocky Mountain Factory Team)
3. Andrew L’Espйrance (Halifax, NS/Norco Factory Team).
Peter Disera (Barrie, ON/Cycle Solutions-Angry Johnnys CC)
Trever Pearson (Delta, BC/ Team DEVO)
Willem Boersma (Portage La Prairie, MB/Team Manitoba).
Masters Women 30+
1. Janna Gillick (Nanaimo, BC/Mid Island Velo Association)
2. Lesley Baldwin (Edmonton, AB/Fiera Racing Team)
3. Emily Sportsman (North Vancouver, BC/Republic Bikes).
Masters Men 30-39
1. Aroussene Laflame (St-Augustin-De-Desmaures, QC)
2. Chris McNeil (Kamloops, BC/Soul Sportif)
3. Martin Bojesen (Kamloops, BC).
Masters Men 40-49
1. Bob Welbourn (North Vancouver, BC/SBR)
2. Marc Boudreau (Ottawa, ON/Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)
3. Normon Thibeault (Nanaimo, BC/Frontrunners).
Masters Men 50+
1. Peter Lawrence (Calgary, AB/Soul Sportif)
2. Robert Orange (Chelsea, QC/Ride With Rendall)
3. Bob Bergman (Toronto, ON/Canadian Cycling Magazine).
Inuagural Daryl-Evans BC Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross a Resounding Success
Dyck, Kabush continues on winning ways in international UCI race.
Press Release: The wild and exciting cyclo-cross action continued in South Surrey after the successful presentation of the 2012 Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships. On Sunday, the group of adrenaline seekers reconvened at the South Surrey Athletic Park for the 2012 Daryl-Evans BC Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross, an event held for the first time.
In the Elite Women’s race, Mical Dyck of Victoria, BC (Stan’s No Tube) continued on her winning ways after taking the Canadian title on Saturday, taking the victory in the 40 minute race on the 2.8 km course, slightly different from Saturday’s Canadian Championships race. With the Canadian Championships title and this victory, Dyck established herself as a strong contender for UCI World Championships, to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, in February.
Edmonton’s Harlton Pepper (Juventus Cycling Club), Canada’s top-ranked cyclo-cross rider, took the second place in today’s Grand Prix, bouncing back after a fourth-place finish in yesterday’s race. Wendy Simms rounded up the podium crossing the finish line in third place.
The Elite Men’s race, the field was strong as both the U23 and Elite racers were starting in the same category. Four-time Canadian Champion Goeff Kabush, winner of yesterday’s race, started alongside some big names of cyclo-cross coming from both Canada and the USA. Three-time U23 Canadian Cyclo-cross Champion Evan McNeely (Ottawa, ON/Specialized Canada) also took the start, matching his skills against the Elite field.
Early in the 60 min race, Jeremy Martin (Boischatel, QC/Rocky Mountain Factory Team), Geoff Kabush and Mike Garrigan (St-Clemens, ON) were leading the large lead group. In the third lap, Steve Fisher (Bellingham, WA/Hagens Berman p/b Raleigh), Geoff Kabush and Mike Garrigan, along with McNeely, Chris Sheppard (Bend, OR/Rocky Mountain Bicycle), Andrew L’Espйrance (Halifax, NS/Norco Factory Team) and Spence Paxson (Seattle, WA/Team Kona) established themselves as the strongest contenders to take the victory.
In the last 20 minutes of racing, a group of five riders remained at the lead, including Kabush, Paxson, McNeely, L’Espйrance and Fisher. With a few attempts to attack and separate the group, Kabush, McNeely and Fisher were able to drop Paxson and L’Espйrance and ride as a small lead group.
Thanks in part to a crash from Fisher, holding up Kabush, McNeely took the opportunity to increase his gap on Kabush and Fisher, with 15 minutes left of racing. But Kabush showed he’s in top form, and was able to close the gap on McNeely, and drop him in the last lap.
Kabush rode away solo, never looking back, to take the victory, followed by McNeely and Fisher in second and third places respectively.
The designed course offered many challenges to the competitors over the weekend, including barriers, stairs, dirt sections and many slippery off-camber switchbacks.
In addition to the UCI-sanctioned international Elite categories for men and women, many riders tackled for the second consecutive day the challenging course in wet and cold conditions. Riders from all categories were lined-up for Challenges, including Masters and Youth racers.
Daryl-Evans Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross – South Surrey, BC Results:
Elite Women (25 entries) (UCI)
1. Mical Dyck (Victoria, BC/Stan’s No Tube)
2. Pepper Harlton (Edmonton, AB/Juventus Cycling Club)
3. Wendy Simms (Nanaimo, BC/Kona)
Elite Men (45 entries) (UCI)
1. Geoff Kabush (Courtenay, BC/SCOTT-3 Rox Racing)
2. Evan McNeely (Ottawa, ON/Specialized Canada)
3. Steve Fisher (Bellingham, WA/ Hagens Berman p/b Raleigh)
Challenge U17 Women (1 entry)
1. Maggie Coles-Lyster (Maple Ridge)*
*only competitor in category
Challenge U17 Men (4 entries)
1. Willem Boersma (Portage La Prairie, BC/Team Manitoba)
2. Kellen Viznaugh (Revelstoke, BC/Revelstoke Cycling)
3. Joshua Hardwick (New Westminster, BC)
Challenge Men (29 entries)
1. Lucas Johnston (Portland, OR)
2. Paul McCarthy (North Vancouver, BC/Steed Cycles)
3. Drew Hemmingson (North Vancouver, BC)
Challenge Women (8 entries)
1. Aja Philip (Chilliwack, BC)
2. Tessa Pinckston (Point Roberts, WA/Team DEVO)
3. Fiona Hodga (Vancouver, BC).
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg Dedicates Momentum 94.7 win to his Father
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka) outsprinted Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas) to win the 2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on Sunday. It’s the second year in a row that Team MTN-Qhubeka won Johannesburg’s biggest race after Arran Brown’s victory last year. Brown was again in the mix this year and finished third, topping off a highly successful 2012 for the team.
The win ends an incredible season for Janse van Renburg who won 14 UCI races plus numerous domestic races in South Africa. It was also his last race for Team MTN-Qhubeka. After the finish he said, “I’ve had a great three years on this team. This is a great way to repay them for investing in me the past few years.”
Janse van Rensburg tragically lost his father two weeks ago and said he thought about his father throughout the race. “I dedicate this win to him. My dad has been my biggest supporter in my cycling career. He followed my cycling very closely.”
The race got off to a steady start on the M1 Highway. As soon as the peloton hit Joe Slovo drive, attacks from Jaco Venter (MTN-Qhubeka) and Jason Bakke (Team Bonitas) split the race apart. Several bunches formed going through the city centre until the race-winning move was formed on Jan Smuts drive. MTN-Qhubeka had five riders present, Janse van Rensburg, Brown, Venter, Dennis van Niekerk and Calvin Beneke. Other teams who made the break were Team Bonitas with four riders while Tasol-GT, ASG and Nu Water each had one.
With no other sprinters present except Janse van Rensburg and Brown, the three other MTN-Qhubeka riders kept everything together for a sprint until the finish. Team Bonitas put in numerous attacks coming into the finish but everything was neutralized and a sprint was set up for Janse van Rensburg to bag South Africa’s second biggest one-day race after he won the Pick ‘n Pay Cape Argus earlier this year.
“This tops off an unbelievable season for Team MTN-Qhubeka,” said Team Principal Douglas Ryder. “Our growth over the years has been progressive and it’s rewarding to see the investment we’ve put into the athletes pay off. We are looking forward to carrying this momentum into 2013 when we’ll be Africa’s first ever UCI Professional Continental team.
“We’re sad to see Reinardt leave our team but we know he will be successful. We look forward to his return to the team in the future. He has been a great asset over the last three years.”
Thanks to the MTN-Qhubeka team for the race report.
Momentum 94.7 Elite Men Result:
1. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Team MTN-Qhubeka)
2. Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas)
3. Arran Brown (Team MTN-Qhubeka)
4. Jason Bakke (Team Bonitas)
5. HB Kruger (Team Bonitas).
Danish Anti-Doping Investigation Unit
Denmark’s Anti-Doping is planning on an investigation unit to look into any drug cases, past and present. Lone Hansen, ADD director, told sporten.dk that “We are trying to manage how much it costs to operate such a device.” He added that “it may be necessary for us to use forms of indirect intelligence to catch doping cheats. With the way the athletes are doping today, where drugs are such a short time in the body, and new methods are developed all the time, it may be impossible to catch alone with testing and research.”
And maybe the first case; Bjarne Riis?
”Come Forward” says Australian Anti-Doping Authority
The Australian Anti-Doping Authority is encouraging anyone who knows of doping to come forward. “The days of remaining silent are over, the days of fearing what happens if the truth gets out are over, the days of protecting people who are in the wrong are over,” said ASADA in a Press Release last week. “All I can say is that we plan to exhaust all our efforts in conducting a full investigation,” chief executive officer Aurora Andruska, adding; “the integrity of Australian cycling is under public scrutiny and we now need the cooperation of the sport and its athletes if our investigation is going to get to the heart of the matter.”
Livestrong no longer “The Lance Armstrong Foundation”
In a move to put even more distance between the cancer charity and its founder; Lance Armstrong, the foundation has announced a change in its title as it has dropped “The Lance Armstrong Foundation” from its name. “For most of its life, the organization has been known as the Livestrong Foundation, but making that change official is necessary and appropriate during a time of change for the organization,” said Kathrine McLane to Reuters. Livestrong board member Mark McKinnon added; “we knew that in order to make the most profound and lasting impact for cancer survivors, the cause and the organization had to have its own persona. That’s exactly what Livestrong has become.”
The fallen hero:
Basso No More with Mapei Centre
After being involved in “Operation Puetro” and linked with Dr. Fuentes, Ivan Basso has been working with the Mapei Centre and until his death; Aldo Sassi, but from the end of this year he will be trained by his DS at the Cannondale team: Paolo Slongo. The team want all their riders trained within the team’s set up and so Basso will end his training there.
Some training with Ivan:
Hugo Houle for Ag2r-La Mondiale
Canadian Hugo Houle was left without a team for 2013 after the Spidertech team announced its racing suspension, but maybe it has done him a favour as he will be riding for the French WorldTour team; Ag2r-La Mondiale for next season.
Hugo Houle after U23 Hational road race:
UCI Confirm Ponferrada Worlds
The proposed World championships in Ponferrada in the Castilla y Leуn region of Spain have been confirmed by the UCI after the regional government have paid Ђ1 million and guaranteed a further Ђ4 million. However the UCI have warned that “this confirmation is on the condition that remaining guarantees are forthcoming.” The Ponferrada World championships will be from the 20th to the 28th of September 2014.
The 1992 World road championships in Benidorm, Spain:
Cervйlo Sponsor Budget Forklifts
Australian Continental team; Budget Forklifts will be riding Cervйlo bikes next year in a mostly home calendar with some AsiaTour races. Graeme Moffett of Cervйlo said; “competing is about winning and with Cervйlo’s cutting edge technology and WorldTour proven frames, we know that the team will have a real competitive advantage over their rivals.”
Paris-Roubaix winning Cervelo R3 showcase:
Bardiani-CSF Inox for 2013
The Colnago-CSF Inox team will replace its lead sponsor, the bike manufacturer; Colnago with Bardiani, who makes valves for the food trade, based 20 kilometres from Parma. The lost two of its best riders, the little climber Domenico Pozzovivo is going to Ag2r-La Mondiale and Gianluca Brambilla has moved to Omega Pharma – Quick-Step. They do have one new rider as Filippo Fortin has joined from Team Type 1-Sanofi. The team will be officially launched on January the 11th.
Domenico Pozzovivo win stage 8 of the 2012 Giro d’Italia:
MCipollini-Giordana team for 2013
Women’s team MCipollini-Giordana has five new members for 2013; Russian Tatiana Antoshina, Polish rider Sylwia Kapusta, Valentina Scandolara, Anna Maria Stricker and Michela Pavin. They will be joining their top riders Tatiana Guderzo, Monia Baccaille and Malgorzata Jasinska, with backing from Marta Tagliaferro and Valentina Carretta. Alessia Piccolo, the team president said: “we have grown a lot and it is obvious now aiming even higher. We are working hard to make our team and all of women’s cycling grow.” The team may sign more riders.
Team line-up for 2013:
Anna Maria Stricker,
Giordana clothing promo video for 2012:
Polaris Women’s Team for 2013
There will be a new team in the women’s peloton in 2013; Team Polaris has signed ten riders so far with the possibility of more. Seven of the team are Dutch; Karen Elzing, Alie Gercama, Laura van der Kamp, Anouska Koster and Mascha Pijnenborg all from the Dolmans-Boels Cycling Team and youngsters; Janine van der Meer and Mirthe Wagenaar. Two Germans; Stephanie Pohl and Sarah Lena Hoffman, plus Frenchwoman Aurore Verhoeven make up the others. The team has the money to run this year, but are looking for a main sponsor.
Team Polaris line-up for 2013:
Laura van der Kamp,
Janine van der Meer,
Sarah Lena Hoffman,
Venezuela to Step-up it’s Sponsoring?
Androni Giocattoli team manager; Gianni Savio is in negotiations with his current sub-sponsor; the Venezuelan government to move the team up to the WorldTour for 2015. Savio’s team have always relied on many smaller sponsors and “Wild Card” entry into the bigger races, like the Giro d’Italia.
I Like Bikes with the Androni Giocattoli Team:
Meersman leaves Lotto Belisol
Gianni Meersman is leaving Lotto Belisol. The 26-year-old man from West-Flanders joined the team at the beginning of this year after he had ridden for La Franзaise des Jeux and Discovery Channel. After a good beginning of the season Meersman got injured in the Giro, but afterwards he could set some great performances at the end of the season.
Despite a still running commitment Meersman could make use of the fact that Lotto Belisol is still on the waiting-list to get the license, an issue that will be treated by the UCI next week, and that will be decided at 26th November. In the meantime Lotto Belisol has fulfilled all the conditions to get the WorldTour license and expects to get it.
Of course Lotto Belisol regrets the departure of a rider like Gianni Meersman, but the team wants and needs to consider its financial possibilities and restrictions, that’s why there possibly will be room for new talent. Lotto Belisol wishes Gianni Meersman all the best in the further development of his career.
Meersman to music:
No Team for Hoste
Leif Hoste at the moment has no team for 2013, his contract with his present team; Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s runs out at the end of the year and has not been extended. Hoste didn’t have the season he wanted as a back problem meant he stopped racing in June, the 35 year old has always been a “Classics man” with his second places in the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2004, 5 & 6 and his good finishes in the other Northern races, plus Belgian TT champ in 2001, 6 & 7. He dominated the 2006 Three Days of De Panne, winning overall, the KOM and stages 1 and 4.
Leif Hoste wins Criterium Bavikhove:
Jan Kirsipuu Retires, New Job at Astana
It seems like Jan Kirsipuu has been racing for ever, well since 1992 anyway. He first rode for the Chazal team, which changed sponsors through the years; Casino and Ag2r. He then rode for Crйdit Agricole from 2004 to 2006 when he retired from the top league of cycling to race in UCI Continental level teams, the last being Team Champion System. He is taking up a DS’s post at Astana with his old team-mate Alexandre Vinokourov as team manager.
Jan Kirsipuu in the 2004 Tour de France:
Alberto Training Already!
As previous years, the Saxo Bank team are on their “Team Building Camp” in Anfi del Mar (Gran Canaria) for next year ‘escuadra’ of Alberto Contador.
Massive Cyclo-tourist ride with Alberto Contador and Saxo Bank-Bank Tinkoff
Thousands of cyclists of all ages, about 20,000 according to the city of Las Palmas, met today (Sunday) at the start of the cyclist meeting ‘Your Sundays on the bike’, held at Pier Santa Catalina, in Gran Canaria’s capital, with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank team of Alberto Contador as main protagonists of this sport morning.
Alberto Contador rode with his teammates and the thousands of fans along 12 kilometres of coastal walk from Las Palmas, after which they continued their training to the south of the island and Anfi del Mar, where they will continue their preseason work for seven more days.
The leader of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank praised the island conditions for cycling, with possibilities both to ride soft along the flat roads of the coast and train hard in the countless inland climbs and all with an ideal climate for cycling, especially in the winter months.
Alberto Contador posed before the start with all his teammates, especially with the many reinforcements for next year, in a colourful image that will not be repeated, as new transfers Timothy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Evgeni Petrov (Astana), Rory Sutherland (United Healthcare), Roman Kreuziger (Astana), Matti Breschel (Rabobank), Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale), Marko Kump (Adria Mobil), Daniele Bennati & Oliver Zaugg (RadioShack-Nissan), Jay McCarthy (Team Jayco-AIS) are required to wear the jersey of their existing teams until the end of the year.
Thanks to Jacinto Vidarte for the info.
Preview of the Six Days of Ghent with Tosh Van der Sande
From Tuesday 20th till Sunday 25th November there will again be fireworks in “Het Kuipke” in Ghent, because then it’s time for the 72nd edition of the Six Days of Ghent. Ten Belgians will attend, one of them is our Tosh Van der Sande, who won the Six Days U23 in 2008 together with Stijn Steels. Just as last year Tosh is forming a duo with the German Leif Lampater. Then they finished on the fourth place, this time they hope to be on the podium.
Such a Six Days is something special. The riders are only released in the arena in the evening. This asks for a special preparation, says Tosh Van der Sande: “During those six days you have breakfast about ten or eleven o’clock, afterwards you go and have a rest for a while. We leave for the track in the late afternoon, where we get a massage. Then we have a ride and about six o’clock we have a bite to eat. That is followed by the team presentation and then the race can begin. Between the different events we get a massage and we have to keep eating, because that’s important: rest well, eat well and race. When it’s finished, about two o’clock in the night, we get something to eat again, but we don’t get a massage anymore. You are in bed by about three. You can’t fall asleep immediately, because you have just raced and your body is still full with adrenaline. You try to sleep, but that isn’t always easy. In the last days before the Six Days begin you better get used to that rhythm, so go to bed late and get up a bit later. The heavy trainings are over, now it’s riding a lot on the rolls and make a lot of rotations.”
As said Tosh is again forming a couple with Leif Lampater and he is very enthusiastic about their collaboration. In 2011 they had to be satisfied with place four, this year they want to get on the podium. “I don’t get to see him again before Tuesday, so that will be a year since we have seen each-other. Leif is a great guy. He isn’t a heavily built rider, he’s a bit of the same type as I am. And that’s a good thing, because when you are with two similar riders, that’s easier when taking over. The time trial numbers are our weakest point. We are average, we lose too many points. We have to gather our points in other numbers like the madison and the team elimination: the tougher events. Those were our strongest points last year. Leif has got a good technique and he’s always very motivated to gather points, also in the extra events, which is very important. The intention is to be on the podium, but there is a lot of competition this year. There are a lot of teams that can reach top three, a lot of them are Belgians. Let’s hope we don’t ride in each-other’s way.”
During the Six Days the first days are already tough, says Van der Sande: “The first three days are the toughest, because the riders want to get already a good classification. The final day is of course also tough, with the longest madison. Everyone tries to get his place. At that moment the classification is already formed, everybody is looking at one another and then it is difficult to move the classification, but last year Leif and I unfortunately fell from the second to the fourth place that final day. But that can happen, you have to watch out every day and you shouldn’t let them surprise you, especially in the madison.”
Last year Kenny De Ketele won together with Robert Bartko. The next week in “Het Kuipke” is expected to bring a battle between the duos Keiise-O’Shea and De Ketele-Van Hoecke. Van der Sande agrees, although he says there can always be a surprise: “There won’t be a lot to do against Iljo Keisse. With Glenn O’Shea he has got a very fast partner. The Australian is world champion Omnium, that says enough. I won’t say they will win fluently, because there will be a lot of competition by a number of teams. But together with the world champions in the madison, Gijs Van Hoecke and Kenny De Ketele, they will battle for the victory. But you never know, we’ll try to avoid it.”
Van der Sande is looking forward to what he calls the most beautiful of all the Six Days that exist: “Ghent is the most important and most beautiful Six Days there is and of course it isn’t easy without competition, that’s why the first few days will be tough for me. I love to ride the team elimination because that is pretty technical and also tough. But when you are technically alright, you can save some more power, because otherwise you have to ride more in front. It is also very tactical and that suits me. The atmosphere in “Het Kuipke” is very fun. Since I have won the Six Days U23, I have the crowd behind me and that is pleasant. It increases every year. When you catch a round and they applaud and cheer that’s always nice. You get extra motivation because of it.”
Thanks to Lotto Belisol team.
The final madison from the 2009 Ghent 6:
Gran Fondo New York cycling event announces Official Event Hotels and new Tour Operator partnerships
Press Release: Gran Fondo New York secured five room blocks for Gran Fondo New York participants and their guests. With three hotels in Midtown Manhattan, in the budget, comfort and upscale budget ranges, one hotel in Weehawken, NJ and one hotel in Fort Lee, NJ, there is a hotel option for everyone. In addition, three new tour operator partners are working to bring cyclists from Sweden, Argentina and USA to New York City for Gran
Fondo New York.
Gran Fondo New York is the world’s largest and most international competitive cycling event with 7000 cyclists coming from over 70 countries to take on a 110-mile (177km) challenging route from New York City to Bear Mountain and back. The Official GFNY Hotels offer special rates for visitors from Thursday, May 16, 2013 until Monday, May 20, 2013. This timing allows participants to visit the 2-day pre-race expo, NYC Bike Expo, May 17-18, 2013 and take part in Gran Fondo New York on May 19, 2013. The hotels also offer the same group rates 2 days before and after the official room block for cyclists who want to add extra
days to their stay and explore the New York City area.
Three centrally located Manhattan hotels will cater to Gran Fondo New York cyclists in May at specially negotiated rates. Hotel Pennsylvania, with base rates ranging from $189 to $209, is the budget hotel and is located aside the NYC Bike Expo where participants pick up their race packets and check out products and services by cycling industry exhibitors. Sheraton New York, with base rates ranging from $279 to $319 including free in-room wifi, is the comfort hotel and is located six blocks from Central Park and just one mile from NYC Bike Expo. The Quin, with base rates ranging from $369 to $589, is the Gran Fondo New York
upscale hotel located two blocks from Central Park.
Two New Jersey hotels will cater to Gran Fondo New York cyclists in May at specially negotiated rates. Sheraton Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken offers a base rate of $189 including free parking. The hotel is located one mile from the GFNY finish area and it is next to the NY Waterway ferry terminal for easy access to Manhattan’s W 39th Street, just 5 blocks from NYC Bike Expo. Double Tree by Hilton in Fort Lee offers a base rate of $189. The hotel is just two miles from the GFNY start area allowing Double Tree guests 30-60 minutes of extra sleep on the morning of May 19, 2013.
For Official GFNY Room Block booking information, Gran Fondo New York participants and guests can go to: www.granfondony.com/hotels.
Three new Tour Operator partners for Gran Fondo New York include: DuVine Adventures from the US, serving American and Canadian participants, Kadens from Sweden, and Excellent Viajes y Turismo from Argentina. These three tour operators join the existing 12 Official GFNY Tour Operators: Terramia, Booking Point, Effetto, Carlson Wagon Lit, Born 2 Run and XEvents from Italy, Rendezvous Travel from Brazil, Grosse-Coosmann and VeloTravel serving Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Gran Fondo Mexico from Mexico, Destination Cycling serving the US and Canada, Sports Tours International serving UK, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand. Close to 1,700 international cyclists participated in Gran Fondo New York 2012. This number is expected to exceed 2,000 at Gran Fondo New
For more information about the Official GFNY Tour Operators, please visit: www.granfondony.com/travel.
“The Last Kilometer” The Film is Out Now!
Press Release: After one year of intense work, after thousands of miles by car (and even some km by bicycle!) following the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, the Paris-Roubaix and many other international cycling races, THE LAST KILOMETER is finally out!
The Last Kilometer is a film totally dedicated to what is passion, emotion, sport: Cycling.
The movie follows the story and an entire cycling season of “the old” Davide Rebellin, 41 years old and still fighting in the peloton after many victories and scandals, and “the young” Ignazio Moser, promising 20 years old son of cycling champion Francesco Moser.
The famous Italian journalist Gianni Mura, Tour de France correspondent since 1967, helps us to discover what cycling was and what it has become today, after doping scandals,
passion, epic, richness and decadence.
Finally, a bit of madness and insane joy is brought into the movie by Didi Senft, better known as “El Diablo”, a living and metaphorical symbol of all cycling fans, with their passion and their enthusiasm. The Last Kilometer is a portrait of cycling.
Ignazio Moser – The Young. Francesco Moser’s son. Young rider full of strength and dreams, above all the Paris-Roubaix, the legendary road race in northern France. His father, a constant reference and point of comparison for him, won Paris-Roubaix three years consecutively Davide Rebellin – The Old. 40 years old, last year he returned to victory against all odds. But after the scandal of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, when he was forced to return his silver medal, for many his name only represents the dark side of cycling, doping.
Gianni Mura – The “Suiveur”. A famous Italian journalist who every year, since the late 60’s, writes his Tour de France chronicles.
From Merckx to Simpson, from Pantani to Armstrong, he provides us the keys of interpretation of this sport.
El Diablo – The Mad. “El Diablo” Didi Senft is a german fan you’ve surely seen running after the riders with his red devil costume and his trident. He gives voice to all fans and fan clubs willing to follow their idol everywhere, ready to shout for his victories and to soothe his defeat.
and with: Francesco Moser, Cadel Evans, Franзoise, Gedeone Rebellin, Marco Milesi…
For more info, please visit official website: https://www.thelastkilometer.com.
Here you can see the movie’s official trailer:
Freddy Maertens: My Hero
On my video search I found this film of my personal hero; Freddy Maertens. I was lucky enough to interview him once and I hope to meet him again sometime. The film is in Flemish, but great to watch.