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The Tour de France goes t’Yorksire, tha knows, better than pigeon and whippet racing! Albert won Sundays cyclo-cross and starts to look good for retaining the Worlds and we have a load of news form the teams/riders with 2013 in their sights. Videos, interviews and even an equipment review…it’s all here in EuroTrash Monday.

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Yorkshire gets 2014 Tour de France Start
ASO announced on Friday that the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart will be in the North of England region of Yorkshire, with the start in Leeds and the first two stages in the area and then stage three in the south of England with the finish in London. Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the agency behind the county’s bid, said: “Today is a proud day for everyone involved in the bid and the county as a whole. We are honoured that the race organisers, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), have selected Yorkshire to be the host location of the 2014 Grand Dйpart.

Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France Director, said: “Since the resounding success of the Grand Dйpart in London in 2007, we were very keen to return to the United Kingdom. Bradley Wiggins’ historical victory last July and the enormous crowds that followed the cycling events in the streets of London during the Olympic Games encouraged us to go back earlier than we had initially planned. Yorkshire is a region of outstanding beauty, with breathtaking landscapes whose terrains offer both sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves. We have encountered a phenomenal desire from the Yorkshire team to welcome the Tour de France and have no doubt that passion and support will be particularly evident for the Grand Dйpart of the Tour de France 2014.”

On the news that Yorkshire has been confirmed as the host of the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France by race organisers ASO, British Cycling’s President, Brian Cookson OBE, said: “Like every other cycling fan, I am thrilled the world’s biggest bike race is coming back to this country.”

“The huge numbers who turned out to support the 2007 Grand Depart and the London 2012 road races show the passion we have for cycling. I’m sure Yorkshire will give the 2014 Tour de France a welcome which will stand out in the race’s rich history.”

The son of Gino Bartali, Andrea, is disappointed with the announcement as he wanted the Tour de France to start in Florence (Italy) to celebrate the 100 birthday of the great champion. Bartali junior said: “I’m asking myself how they can ask to riders and experts to give a good example when the ones who should be doing that in the first place act like this. All of this is absolutely not moral. In effect, champions like my father, Gastone Nencini, Fiorenzo Magni, Fausto Coppi and many others were put up for auction, and that’s not a correct way of acting,”

Being Scottish I still think seeing the Tour start from Edinburgh castle would have been fantastic, but there you go. Further details of the Grand Dйpart will be announced on 17th January 2013 in Leeds and Paris.

The Tour comes to Yorkshire:

Soudal Cyclo-cross Leuven, Belgium 2012
The World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won the Leuven cyclo-cross with a strong move with six laps remaining of the eight lap race. He ploughed through the Belgian mud for most of the race to finish 30 seconds ahead of Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) and nearly a minute over the normally dominant Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony). Nys had his usual slow start and didn’t get going until near the end where he dropped the other chasers for third. Pauwels had attacked the main group at the half way point, but could not get near the rainbow jersey.

Soudal Cyclo-cross Leuven Result:
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 59:15
2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 0:30
3. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 0:52
4. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:54
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:58
6. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team
7. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
8. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
9. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:06
10. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:12.

The action from track-side:

And the race on www.vier.be:

The New Blanco Pro Cycling Team
The press presentation of the new Blanco Pro Cycling Team took place on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura. Blanco is the re-launch of the previous Rabobank Cycling Team, which will cease to exist at the end of this year. From the 1st of January on, the team will be lead by the new Technical Management; Richard Plugge.

After Rabobank’s departure as the main sponsor, the team will be given the possibility to be re-launched thanks to the bank. The team will start as a new team, with a fresh start and on a blank page. The Blanco Pro Cycling Team aspires to compete at the highest level, and in a credible and honest way. The team’s focus will remain on the development and support of cycling talent.

The Blanco Pro Cycling Team will do so under the lead of the Technical Management that has been active since September, since the structural change. Together with Richard Plugge, High Performance manager Louis Delahaije, first team leader Nico Verhoeven and main coach Merijn Zeeman will be in charge of the daily lead over the team. The structural changes objective is to lift the team to higher levels in different disciplines.

The team’s riders are eager to compete at the highest level. With Robert Gesink, Lars Boom, Bauke Mollema, Theo Bos, Luis Leуn Sanchez and Mark Renshaw, the team already had a great number of top riders available. With the arrival of Sep Vanmarcke and Lars-Petter Nordhaug, that number increases, while the Dutch (Kelderman) as well as the foreign (Bobridge) talents are noticeably peeking.

The first rider to start while wearing the new uniform is Jack Bobridge, during the national time trial championships in Australia, on the 9th of January 2013.

The acquired two-year WorldTour licence and the renewed two-year contract with the equipment sponsor Giant give the team the chance to keep working on the development of the riders and the team. It radiates confidence over the path the team has to follow. Confidence that also shows with the ongoing support of faithful sponsors as Shimano, De Rijke, Aces Direct, Zano, Sportsbalm, 3M, SiS, Tacx en VDL and the arrival of new sponsors like Pioneer, Oakley, Princess, Bell en Kappa.

Giant Bicycles is the official bicycle and apparel partner for the new Blanco Pro Cycling Team that replaces the Rabobank Team with which Giant had previously had a 4 year partnership for supplying bicycles. Giant has now partnered with Etxeondo to also provide the race clothing for the Team for a two year period.

“Team Blanco represents a fresh start for this young and talented squad, and we’re excited to play a vital role in developing the next generation of stars,” said Tom Davies, Giant Sports Marketing Manager. “Through cutting-edge bicycles and apparel, we’ll be providing riders like Robert Gesink and Theo Bos the advantage they need to win at the highest level”.

Blanco Pro Cycling Team is very happy with the support and the confidence Giant puts in the new team. “We have already a partnership for a couple of years”, teamdirector Harold Knebel said. “The two year agreement we just entered into with Giant shows us this is a very good relationship. Even though Rabobank pulled out, Giant stays with our team. That’s a good sign to other potential sponsors and for the talents in our team. We get the chance to build and foster great cycling talent and we will inspire a new generation of riders and fans.”

For the rest of the riders and more information, go to: www.blancoprocyclingteam.com.

The Blanco cycling team:

Astana Team Presentation
In freezing temperatures of -35єC the Astana team presented its new manager, riders and clothing. At the Saryarke Velodrome in Astana, team manager Alexandre Vinokourov introduced his new signing; Vincenzo Nibali with “goal number one this year is to win the Giro d’Italia, with Vincenzo Nibali leading a squad of strong, motivated riders in May, we know we have the pieces in place and a plan in motion to get us there.” Also at the presentation was Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov, who is also president of the national cycling federation, he described the Astana team as: “Kazakhstan’s Dream Team.”

The Astana team presentation:

End of Contador Case
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has closed the case between Alberto Contador and the UCI, saying in a statement: “The CAS has been informed of an amicable settlement between the UCI and A.Contador regarding this issue and has officially terminated the arbitration.” It appears that the UCI and Alberto Contador have come to an agreement over the Ђ2.4 million fine that the UCI wanted to levy against the Spanish cyclist.

Alberto attacks in the 2012 Vuelta:

Three Month Ban for Visconti
Movistar rider Giovanni Visconti has been banned for three months, from October until January the 7th and fined Ђ10,000 plus court costs of Ђ1,000. He admitted to the Italian Olympic Committee that he had worked with the banned doctor Michele Ferrari, although Visconti insists that he only spoke to Ferrari about training. He said on his web-site: “I would like here to reiterate that we are talking about conversations with a trainer and emphasising that the only evidence of such contacts were my spontaneous declarations, the result of good faith and conviction of having done nothing wrong.”

Visconti wins Italian championships in 2011:

Ferrari: “I never saw any doping from Armstrong”
In a TV interview on Al Jazeera the banned doctor Michele Ferrari said he “never saw any doping practice from Lance Armstrong.” As to the USADA investigation, he added; “there is no evidence, in particular any evidence against me. I can say also there is no evidence, no smoking gun about the accusations. Probably I can suppose that for some of these athletes, the federal investigation was able to demonstrate their doping practice, which they organised by themselves, and to save themselves, they agreed with the USADA conspirators.” Summing up with: “So, either he was clean, and in my opinion, he was clean and he says he was clean, or the tests are not powerful, or the UCI was corrupt!”

The interview with Ferrari:

Vacansoleil-DCM for 2013 Tour Down Under
The Dutch Vacansoleil-DCM team will be led by the Belgian Thomas de Gent in the Australian stage race starting on the 22nd of January 2013. Team director Jean-Paul Van Poppel thinks that “De Gendt, Marczynski or Valls all have the ability to make an impact on the race.”

Vacansoleil-DCM roster for the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under:
Thomas De Gendt (BEL),
Kenny Van Hummel (NED),
Barry Markus (NED),
Rafael Valls Ferri (ESP),
Tomasz Marczynski (POL),
Wesley Kreder (NED),
A N Other.
DS: Jean-Paul Van Poppel.

Vacansoleil-DCM training in Spain:

A Quick Interview with Bardiani-CSF’s Stefano Pirazzi
Stefano Pirazzi, Italian young climber of 25 years, is one of the riders who most of all in the early years as a professional, has conquered a large number of fans throughout Italy. Thanks to a character of pure striker when the road rise. Skill that made him great protagonist in the latest editions of Giro d’Italia. On the eve of the new season with Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox Pro Team, he tells his feeling and his future ambitions.

In 2012, you have come close to winning several times, such as at Giro d’Italia, what did you miss?
The 2012 was my third pro-season and I consider it good. Personally, I have grown a lot in the training quality and I better managed myself between different cycling events. In terms of performance, I went well during the spring like at Tirreno – Adriatico, where I won the KOM (king of mountain) jersey. After at Giro d’Italia, I did all of myself to win a stage. At Rocca di Cambio, I was alone in front at one kilometre to the finish line but due to a motorcycling I lost the hope to win. Then at stage of Pian dei Resinelli I finished seventh and finally in the stage of Alpe di Pampeago, I spent all the day in the breakaway and I arrived ninth (first of fugitives). Let’s say I missed a bit of luck to convert one of these hard efforts in a victory.

With Roberto Reverberi and Mirko Rossato, you have scheduled your program races for the first part of 2013. Where will you open your cycling season and what are your 2013 goals?
I am very confident of the results that I can get in the next season, thanks to the work of training that I have already begun. My first race will be in February in Italy, probably GP of Laigueglia, continuing then with the main one day races in my country. My goal will be the Giro d’Italia, where I hope to be present with my team. There I want to win a mountain stage. That’s my target!

With the departure of Pozzovivo and Brambilla, you will have more freedom in the mountain races. What will it change at the tactical level?
With their departure, I can open up new spaces in the races more suited for my skills. However, with Bruno and Roberto Reverberi I’ve always done my race when I was in good shape, but this year I know to have more possibility and be able to count, when the time comes, to the support of my teammates.

Around Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox Pro Team is creating a lot of curiosity. New sponsors, the project green team, the entry into the MPCC. As athletes, do you feel the beginning of a new and ambitious cycling project?
Surely, this winter I’m seeing month after month, as this team is changing skin. There are many new things that us to understand how the team is committed to grow with his athletes. All of us have great and renews ambitions to do well and bring up our news colours and sponsors.

With Sacha Modolo, you are one the most experienced rider into the team. Is it a new responsibility?
It’s strange to be one of the most experienced with only 25 years, but I agreed with this policy based only on the young Italian athletes. It is something unique in international cycling and I think the Italian cycling in general, should be proud of the commitment that the Reverberis carry on. However I don’t feel more responsibility than the last year, I know the environment of the team and myself, so I know what they expect from me during the 2013.

The Giro d’Italia should be the highlight of your season, have you already studied some stages suited for you?
I saw the presentation of the Giro and I paid much attention to the altitude profiles of the hardest stages. Personally I really like the design made this year by RCS Sport. In the hope that our team will be at the start, my goal is win a high mountain stage. Dreaming is free and that’s why I say that the arrival of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, it would be a fantastic stage to win.

In 2012, always at the Giro d’Italia, you arrived second in the KOM classification. This jersey could be one of your goals in 2013?
At the start of Giro d’Italia 2012, I thought I could do well in this classification. When I was all the day in the breakaway during Alpe di Pampeago’s stage, I won the most part of KOM post and I reached a lot of points. Unfortunately the following stage (last one with climbs) I was really tired to search new points and I had to settle of the second place. How I said, my first target for 2013 is a stage but the KOM jersey could be a beautiful and important result, to try take with all my strength till Brescia.

Thanks to the Giro d’Italia, many cycling fans began to know you and appreciate your always running attack, especially in the mountains.

The way I raced in the first three years as a pro rider was often attack; this is a skill already present in the youth categories. I have a fan club that follows me everywhere and in general I see so many fans who are loyal to me. It is a great pleasure to hear screaming my name when I ride up the toughest climbs, especially at Giro d’Italia. At the risk of repeating, I want to repay all of my fans with an important victory and I hope that is taking place in the next Giro.
Thanks to the Bardiani-CSF Pro Cycling Team.

Stefano Pirazzi in stage 2 of the Giro del Trentino 2011:

Wiggle Sponsor DTPC Honda Team
Rochelle Gilmore’s DTPC Honda woman’s team will be sponsored by the on-line cycle store; Wiggle for the next three years. Gilmore described the team’s set-up: “Our team philosophy is all about the athletes. The deal with Wiggle.co.uk enables us to provide better salaries and the supportive environment our athletes deserve and need so they can reach their full potential.” The team will be riding Colnago with Campagnolo equipment and Vanmobil, Lazer, High5, Tacx, Fizik and Look will supply other necessities. As well as multi-champion Gilmore, ex-double World champion Giorgia Bronzini will be joined by British champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Danielle King, junior World individual time trial champion Elinor Barker and Amy Roberts.

The Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Team brings together one of the strongest line-ups in women’s professional cycling including:
• Aussie Commonwealth Games Road Champion, Rochelle Gilmore
• 2012 Olympic Champions, British cyclists; Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell
• 3-time World Cycling Champion Italian, Giorgia Bronzini.
• 7-time Japanese National Champion, Mayuko Hagiwara.

Dual Olympic Champion, Laura Trott said: “We are very privileged to have the support of Wiggle – a global project which has the aspiration to raise the professionalism of women’s cycling.”

Chief Executive of Wiggle, Humphrey Cobbold, shares Gilmore’s philosophy. “Wiggle is all about providing the best,” Cobbold said. “It’s a privilege to support Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling. We look forward to playing a pivotal role in supporting this tremendous group of athletes and hope that our partnership will motivate future female cycling champions the world over.”
Wiggle-Honda 2013 Roster:
Rochelle Gilmore,
Giorgia Bronzini,
Joanna Rowsell,
Laura Trott,
Danielle King,
Elinor Barker,
Amy Roberts,
Lauren Kitchen,
Mayuko Hagiwara,
Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier,
Emily Collins,
Beatrice Bartelloni.

Rochelle Gilmore (Honda Dream Team) wins the 2009 Cronulla International Grand Prix:

Lotto Belisol: Impressions from Mojacar
Press Release: The temperature is rising up to 20 degrees, the sun is shining – which is mostly the case in this area – and the swimming pool is tempting, but cycling is still number one priority in Mojacar. Former pro Serge Baguet uses hotel Oasis Tropical as a base for his Cycling Events and for a few days he is taking the sponsors that are present out to the hinterland. And the riders of Lotto Belisol, they are preparing for season 2013 with the reassuring knowledge that they have a WorldTour licence.

The teambuilding and the pranks are over, each rider had a few weeks of training done, before he arrived in Mojacar on Saturday evening. Ten days long the schedule of getting up, eating, cycling, eating, resting, massage, eating and sleeping is only being interrupted by some photo shoots, interviews for the camera and individual conversations with the sports directors about what has passed and what still has to come.

The off-season of Lotto Belisol was calm. With only the arrival of Dirk Bellemakers – Tim Wellens already became pro at the first of July – and the departure of Sohrabi and Meersman, it was rather quiet what concerns transfers. Frederique Robert was at the end of his contract and signed for one more season and all the other riders still have a contract, so the item “getting to know each other” could be skipped on this training camp.

Every day the riders are divided in three groups, which get another training route or training content depending on their start of the season or their personal profile. Day after day is being evaluated and there are adjustments if necessary. The flat course along the coast or the almost car-free, sloping roads in the hinterland are ideal for a training of three to five hours.

Sports director Herman Frison: “You see that all the riders and staff are excited to start the new season. When a season is over you are glad to be able to rest for a few weeks, but this is still the thing you love to do. And then is such a team training camp one of the only occasions that almost everyone is together, because halve January everyone is spreading over the different races and some people I only get to see again in September. It’s different than it used to be, now the riders already had a good basic condition when they arrived here. As a sports director you would immediately notice if someone didn’t prepare well. The season is now starting a lot earlier, with the races in Argentina, Australia and Gabon.”

“For me the official kickoff is the Tour Down Under. After the early races and the classics the Tour follows. We are already preparing for it. We don’t know all the details yet, but all trainings and explorations of the stages in Corsica, the Alps and the Pyrenees are planned. This is important for Jurgen, a good schedule gives serenity. And of course I am also looking forward to the 100th edition as well. Jurgen on the podium in Paris, that would be the icing on the cake in that 100th edition (big smile). But we are only at the beginning of a preparation that will take several months.”

Our riders are in Mojacar for over one week to prepare together for season 2013. A year in which we can look forward again to our leaders Jurgen Van den Broeck, Andrй Greipel, Jьrgen Roelandts and Jelle Vanendert. Each on their own terrain they will, supported by their teammates, try to show oneself and put Lotto Belisol on the international cycling map. We talked to Jurgen Van den Broeck and Jьrgen Roelandts and asked for their expectations.

Jьrgen Roelandts: “A training camp is important for different reasons. First of all there is the climate, which differs day and night with the weather in Belgium. Apart from that we train here in group, which is always very motivating. The trainings are balanced perfectly, in function of the start of the season. And you are living on a perfect cycling rhythm. Every year I look forward to the training camp in December. I find this one the most fun, because everyone is here, you get to see everyone again after a pretty long time. I will ride the Tour Down Under, so I won’t go to the training camp in January.”

“My fractured vertebra and broken collarbone are in the past. 2013 can begin. Of course the Flemish classics will be my first goal. I call it my playground, and I had to miss it past season, which really hurt. Lars Bak was the second of our leaders who was injured, so I guess we will be stronger at the start in 2013.”

Jurgen Van den Broeck: “We are here for the second year in a row; this location is perfect, there isn’t a lot of traffic on our training route, which is important when you are here with such a big group. The atmosphere is relaxed, which differs from during the season and this is the ideal opportunity to enlarge the team spirit. There hasn’t changed much to the team, but everyone is again very motivated and stronger than a year ago. And the most important: we already know each other very well.”

“The focus will indeed be on the Tour, but every race is important. Each time I’ll start, I will be motivated to set a result as good as possible. You can win points everywhere. Every year people ask me if it is possible to do better than a fourth place in the Tour and every edition I try to do it as good as possible. But if I will succeed, is difficult to say at this point.”

Lotto Belisol at La Vuelta:

Tiso Go 12 and Electonic!
Boutique brand Tiso (www.tiso.com) have announced their electronic 12 speed group set. And while some may think it not entirely unlikely that an Italian Cycling Manufacturer has launched something to coincide with the end of the world simply to get the hype, but avoid having to actually produce the product in a Timely fashion, Tiso have a first run of hardware complete and are simply finishing up programming options to allow this set to be more user friendly (accepting other group set cassette sizes with some very basic button mashing).

The group is slated for availability in Feb and Tiso are aiming for a price point that will be quite competitive with other electronic offerings (none of which give a damn about making themselves compatible with each other…).

This group runs on a blue tooth wireless signal, and while the jokes are already running round the internet about people hacking your shifting, it’s worth mentioning that this group will have the same reasonable pairing protection that secures Cell phones etc. So while TV shows make it look incredibly easy to snatch someone else’s conversation, reality will be a different thing…

More to follow on this as we have an agreement with Mr T for one of the first sets for a project. Stay tuned.

The TISO wireless 12 speed groupset:

Canada’s Matthew Knight to Join International Cycling Union
Matthew Knight accepts position as Road Coordinator of the UCI, Cycling’s international governing body

Press Release: Matthew Knight, of Ottawa, Ontario, has accepted a position with the International Cycling Union (UCI), effective January 3, 2013.

In his new permanent position based in Aigle, Switzerland at the UCI World Cycling Centre, Knight will manage the sporting side of road cycling, including the Olympic Games and the UCI Road World Championships under the direction of the Sports and Technical Director.

“We have mixed emotions to see Matthew leave Cycling Canada at this time. On the one hand, we are thrilled to see one of Canada’s brightest cycling advocates working for the betterment of the sport of road cycling at the international level,” said Greg Mathieu, CEO/Secretary General of Cycling Canada. “Of course, his contributions will be greatly missed at the domestic level in Canada. We are confident that his work ethic, professionalism and enthusiasm are strengths he will carry to the UCI to help sustain and further the growth of road cycling worldwide.”

Knight is leaving his position of Road Cycling Coordinator at Cycling Canada, a position he has held since February, 2009. In Canada, he was responsible for all road cycling affairs, including the presentation and hosting of the Canadian Road Championships, Canada’s most prominent domestic cycling race, as well as managing the sanctioning for all international road races in Canada, such as the UCI Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau, the famed Tour de Beauce, the UCI Nations Cup events, and much more. He also oversaw the Athlete Assistance Program, the Hamilton Foundation grants and the operation of the European Cycling base.

“I look forward to this new challenge, although I will miss my colleagues at Cycling Canada along with the world class Canadian athletes, officials and event organizers with whom I have had the privilege to work over the past four seasons.” said Knight. “I thank Jacques Landry, High Performance Director and Mathieu Boucher, Director Development at Cycling Canada for being great mentors and for the opportunities they have provided.”

We wish Matthew Kinght all the best in this new position.

Canada’s most famous cyclist Ryder Hesjedal does “Canadian Cycling Cover Shoot”:

The Trois Etapes 2013 Roster Announced
2013 edition of the event is now full. $1.7 million was raised for their charity partners in 2012.

Press Release: The Trois Etapes, the pro-am cycling event, have announced their roster for the second edition of the event, which takes place 26th – 29th July 2013.

The event, which takes place in the heart of the French Alps, will feature 14 charity teams and last year raised $1.7 million for their charity partners making it the largest pro-am charity cycling event of its kind and one of the largest in sport.

The event is designed to give riders the chance to experience team cycling under race conditions, with the full support that a pro would have in a Grand Tour; it includes a flat Prologue and three mountain stages. The event is designed to incentivise tactical team riding. Each team of 8 riders (7 amateurs and 1 pro) has its own team car and Directeur Sportif. Every rider has a radio link with their team car and the Race Director.

Each rider raises funds for their charity team. Next year, some fantastic new charity partners will be joining the competitive charity teams that took part in the inaugural edition of the Trois Etapes.

The Anne Frank Trust, 1001 Fontaines and Shooting Star CHASE will be competing for the first time along with EMpower who have both a US and European team. Prostate Cancer UK and Walking with the Wounded are both returning, together with Right to Play, World Bicycle Relief and the dZi Foundation who are each entering multiple teams.

With the team roster now full, there are only 11 individual rider places left with many charity teams now oversubscribed. Individual riders wanting to compete in the Trois Etapes 2013 will need to register their interest now to be able to ride and raise funds for the Trois Etapes’ charity partners.

Former Tour-winner Carlos Sastre will be returning to the Maurienne valley for the Trois Etapes next year. The yellow jersey winner will be joined by a host of leading pros who will each head up the 2013 Trois Etapes charity teams; in 2012 these included TTT World Champion Kristof Vandewalle and former Round the World Record Holder Mark Beaumont.

For more information on the Trois Etapes, please visit: https://www.troisetapes.org.

Walking With The Wounded Cycle Team Finish The Trois Etapes Challenge With Carlos Sastre:

SRAM goes Gangnam…SRAMgnam Cyclocross Style
SRAM riders do it Gangnam style!

Chris Jones, Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson, Katie Antonneau, Nicole Duke, Meredith Miller, Yannick Eckmann, Tobin Ortenblad, Jamey Driscoll, Amanda Miller, Jade Wilcoxson, Jeremy Powers, Alex Candelario, Cody Kaiser, Zach McDonald, Mike Sherer, Danny Summerhill, Julie Krasniak, Todd Wells, Matt Shriver, Tristan Shouton, Clif Bar Juniors, Daimo Shanks, Brian Worthy and the SRAM swag-toss crowd.

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