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All the time trials at the World championships are done, but we still have all the road race’s to come at the weekend. Lots of other news; some good, some sad, but its all here. More transfer news and any other happening we could lay our hands on. World champs Thursday EuroTrash coffee time!

“Top Story”
The big story for me was the ride of Taylor Phinney in the men’s individual time trial, had he been 6 second faster he would have been the youngest rider to have won the TT rainbow jersey. He was neck and neck with the German champion Tony Martin and he put in a storming ride up the final climb of the Cauberg, where as Martin was losing time all the way from the base in Valkenburg. The big likeable American was heartbroken; the sight of him with his head in hands on the podium was quite emotional. The young Phinney need not worry, if he rides like he did on Wednesday, it won’t be long before he will be wearing a rainbow jersey.

World Elite Men Individual Time Trial
The battle for the men’s TT World championships was in the end down to two riders, Germany’s Tony Martin and America’s Taylor Phinney, all the way through the 45.7 kilometre race the two riders were within 20 seconds of each one way or the other. In the end Martin had done enough to hold off the fast finishing Phinney by the slimmest 5.7 seconds. Alberto Contador was caught by Martin and finished two and a half minutes down, but still in 9th place. The bronze medal was won by Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) who was 1:44 back, just piping Tejay van Garderen 5 seconds.

“I’m really happy for the team and for Tony,” OPQS Manager Patrick Lefevere said. “This year it wasn’t easy for Tony. He passed through a terrible injury and he had bad luck on more than an occasion, as for example during the Prologue of the Tour de France. He deserves this victory. He’s a fighter.”

“There was a lot of pressure on me to win again,” Martin said. “I said I just have to ride, but it was not so easy to win. Sometimes you have the power in your legs and sometimes you do not for a race like the World Championship that is just one day. I happened to have good legs. This course was harder than I expected, but I did my best to win for the team despite such a hard final. I had nothing left at the end. I also have to give credit to Taylor, who rode the perfect race today. I am so happy for my victory and to be World Champion again.”

This is the 54th victory of OPQS in three disciplines, and the second World Championship in less than a week. Martin was also part of the team that won the World TTT Title on Sunday.

Second placed Taylor Phinney said he wasn’t aware of his progress, which had him fastest at the first intermediate checkpoint (14.3 km), 13 seconds down on Martin at the second (29.7 km) and trailing by eight seconds at the third (37.9 km).

“I don’t like to use a radio and I cover up my wattage on my SRM so I wasn’t quite sure how I was doing,” the American said. “When you look at my time checks and my power files I was certainly hitting my marks. I knew I was on a good time when I could see (Fredrik) Kessiakoff as I was climbing the Cauberg. This definitely makes me hungry to work really hard in the offseason, especially when you look at my performances at the Olympics. To be so close to a career and life-changing moment makes me want to work even harder next year to reach my goals.”

Alberto Contador finished ninth: “It was a really tough time trial,” Contador said after finishing the race, in which he was caught by the German. “I had a hard time taking the pace at first and then, when I saw that the car was not back and that Tony Martin was approaching, psychologically it’s hard to continue when someone passes you, but I knew he was going to be here very strong,” said Alberto. “Since then I’d been keeping the distance until the finish, because when I was caught I knew that I had no options for a medal”, said Contador. “I’m glad that I tried it, but this was a different time trial, in which there is no wear on the days before, like in a stage race, but I tried and that’s all.” Alberto said he did not know if he had paid the effort in the Vuelta, “You never know. Obviously when you are every day giving everything you have more wear, but I would not remove anyone’s merits, here were great specialists and there are no words to speak about Tony Martin. I’m not happy, but it is not a disappointment, because it is very difficult with so many specialists. What I am is in shock,” Contador said, “because I just knew that there has been the sadness of Victor Cabedo. I still cannot believe it. He was a very young rider who I knew and now that’s terrible. I’m so sorry. From here I send all my support to his family, his friends and his team, who must be devastated by this disaster.”

World Elite Men Individual Time Trial Result:
1. Tony Martin (Germany) in 58:38.76
2. Taylor Phinney (USA) at 0:05.37
3. Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) at 1:44.99
4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) at 1:49.37
5. Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Sweden) at 1:50.56
6. Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan) at 1:56.44
7. Jan Barta (Czech Republic) at 2:12.49
8. Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) at 2:26.06
9. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spain) at 2:30.00
10. Adriano Malori (Italy) at 2:40.54.

As we cant use video of the World championships here is the Limburg promo video:

World Elite Women Individual Time Trial
Judith Arndt (Germany) was by far the best woman in the World’s time trial beating all the others with a fast, strong performance against the clock. The German girl was the fastest all the way round the 24.1 kilometres beating America’s Evelyn Stevens and New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen. Early leader; Martina Sablikova (Czech) held the hot seat for a long time, but one after the other of the top riders pushed her down leaders table until it looked like Evelyn Stevens might just be No. 1. Then Judith Arndt smoothly showed her class and trumped Stevens and Villumsen by 33 seconds for her second TT rainbow jersey.

“I am very proud of today’s race,” said Arndt. “I tried to do a perfect race, and it pretty much worked out as planned. I wanted to start fast as that has been a weakness of mine in the past. Today’s race was quite short and had a tailwind, so a fast start was critical.”

“I also went full on in the section before the descent into Valkenburg,” Ardnt added. “With the Cauberg only two kilometers from the finish, we neded to go flat out after the climb, too. Mentally, you have to deal with that to win on a course like today’s.”

It is the third gold medal at Road World Championships for Arndt who won time trial gold last year and the road title in 2004. She ends her career on Saturday with the road race in Valkenburg.

“I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me this year,” said Arndt. “And I’m grateful for the support I’ve received throughout my whole career.”

Arndt stood on the podium with her ORICA-AIS teammate Linda Villumsen. The New Zealand national claimed the final step of the podium. Villumsen’s bronze medal represents her fourth consecutive medal in the individual time trial at Road World Championships. American Evelyn Stevens took silver with a time seven seconds faster than Villumsen.

“I’m very happy for Linda,” noted Arndt. “She’s a little superstar and a good teammate.”

Shara Gillow gave ORICA-AIS three riders in the top-ten in Holland. The only Australian to contest the time trial, Gillow slotted into tenth place.

Arndt, Villumsen and Gillow were all part of the six-rider team time trial squad to claim silver on Sunday. ORICA-AIS has earned four medals – one gold, one silver and one bronze – after two Road World Championship events.

World Elite Women Individual Time Trial Result:
1. Judith Arndt (Germany) at 32:26
2. Evelyn Stevens (United States) at 33:00
3. Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) at 33:07
4. Emma Pooley (Great Britain) at 33:16
5. Eleonora van Dijk (Netherlands) at 33:20
6. Ina Teutenberg (Germany) at 34:00
7. Amber Neben (United States) at 34:10
8. Trixi Worrack (Germany) at 34:11
9. Martina Sablikova (Czech Republic) at 34:26
10. Shara Gillow (Australia) at 34:26.

World U23 Men Individual Time Trial
Anton Vorobyev (Russia) beat the Australian pair of Rohan Dennis and Damien Howson quite resoundingly, Dennis had been a favourite due to his silver medal in the Olympic team pursuit and his recent wins in the Chrono Chamenois and Memorial David Fardelli time trials, but he sighted his track training as the problem. Third placed Damien Howson said he was happy with third place and he will be staying with the amateurs for the next year, where as Vorobyev will be with Katusha and Dennis will be at Garmin-Sharp.

World U23 Men Individual Time Trial Result:
1. Anton Vorobyev (Russian Federation) in 44:09.02
2. Rohan Dennis (Australia) at 0:44.39
3. Damien Howson (Australia) at 0:51.12
4. Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) at 0:53.28
5. Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark) at 1:02.56
6. Marlen Zmorka (Ukraine) at 1:09.42
7. Rasmus Brandstrup Sterebo (Denmark) at 1:25.24
8. Jasha Sьtterlin (Germany) 0:01:28.70
9. Sergey Chernetski (Russian Federation) at 1:37.95
10. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) at 1:40.78.

The last time the Worlds were here was in 1998:

World Junior Men Individual Time Trial
The Junior time trial was a close run race over the 26.6 kilometres, Oskar Svendsen of Norway beat Matej Mohoric (Slovenia) by 7 seconds and Maximilian Schachmann (Germany) by 11 seconds. Svendsen was a surprise winner, even to himself as he expected to finish in the top ten and had been sick during the week before the Worlds. Mohoric started slowly and was 30 seconds down at the first time check and had left himself too much to catch up with the Norwegian. Schachmann was a favourite for the title, but suffered mechanical problems and could not get a big gear for the flat last kilometre. There has been talk of Svendsen looking forward to a pro career and the Sky team as a destination.

World Junior Men Individual Time Trial Result:
1. Oskar Svendsen (Norway) in 35:34
2. Matej Mohoric (Slovenia) at 0:07
3. Maximilian Schachmann (Germany) at 0:11
4. Alexander Morga (Australia) at 0:12
5. Mathias Krigbaum (Denmark) at 0:13
6. Nathan Van Hoydonck (Belgium) at 0:19
7. Brent Luickx (Belgium) at 0:20
8. Mads Schmidt Wurtz (Denmark) at 0:21
9. Ryan Mulen (Ireland) at 0:26
10. T.J Einsenhart (USA).

Junior TT winner:

World’s News:

BMC at the Worlds
Twelve riders from the BMC Racing Team will be competing in this week’s world road championships in Valkenburg, The Netherlands.

Road Race Participants
BMC Racing Team riders participating in the 261-kilometer road race Sunday are: Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Steve Cummings (GBR), Mathias Frank (SUI), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Steve Morabito (SUI), Taylor Phinney (USA), Michael Schдr (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) and Tejay van Garderen (USA). Marco Pinotti (ITA). Larry Warbasse, a stagiaire for the BMC Racing Team, will compete in the Under 23 road race (Saturday).

Behind the scenes with BMC:

OPQS to Support Czech Team at Worlds
Press Release: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has agreed to support the Czech cycling team — men and women of all categories — during the UCI World Championship. As part of the agreement, the team will have “Omega Pharma” and “Quick-Step” as logos on their jerseys.

“We are satisfied to give our contribution to the cycling development of the Czech Republic,” OPQS Manager Patrick Lefevere said. “Together with Mr. Bakala we decided to support both the male and female teams, even in the youth categories that are the most important for the growth of the entire moviment.”

“We are happy to have such an important partner as Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team and their sponsors,” Czech coach Mr. Rene Andrele said. “Cycling is becoming more and more popoular in the Czech Republic. This kind of agreement and support helps us in developing cycling in our country.”

Behind the scenes with Omega Pharma – Quick-Step:

Universal Sports Network and UCI Extend Partnership Through 2014
Network Serves as Multiplatform Home for UCI Road Cycling World Championships and Additional World-Class Cycling Events in the U.S.

Press Release: Universal Sports Network and the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced today a multiyear extension of their 2009 agreement to air UCI’s marquee cycling events in the U.S. through 2014. The deal gives Universal Sports multiplatform rights, including exclusive TV and Internet rights, to the UCI Road Cycling World Championships and UCI World Championship and World Cup events in track cycling, BMX, Mountain Biking and Cyclo-cross.

The announcement comes during the 2012 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in the Netherlands, which are airing exclusively on Universal Sports and UniversalSports.com on September 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. ET and LIVE on September 22 and 23 at 9 a.m. ET.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with UCI and build upon the success of our existing relationship,” said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports. “Cycling is an integral part of our programming lineup, and this agreement allows us to continue servicing the growing community of cycling enthusiasts in the U.S.”

With more than 110 hours of cycling programming every year, Universal Sports Network is firmly established as the leader in cycling coverage on American television. Universal Sports’ annual Cycling Series includes the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espaсa, giving the network two of the three European Grand Tours each season. In addition to its two Grand Tours, USN also televises Europe’s spring classics, the UCI Road Cycling World Championships, the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and World Championships, the UCI Track World Cup and World Championships, and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships, the Tour of Britain, the Giro di Lombardia and the Tour of Beijing. For more information, please visit: https://universalsports.com/cycling/.

Universal Sports Network Broadcast Schedule:
Remaining 2012 Cycling Series.

ALL TIMES ET – subject to change
Sept. 22: UCI Road Cycling World Championships-Elite Road Race (NL) 9 – 11 AM LIVE.
Sept. 23: UCI Road Cycling World Championships-Elite Road Race (NL) 9 – 11 AM LIVE.
Sept. 29: Giro di Lombardia (IT) 9:30 – 11:30 AM LIVE.
Oct. 9-13: Tour of Beijing – UCI World Tour (CN) 8 – 9 PM.

Other News:

Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Cabedo Killed while Training
Victor Cabedo of the Basque team Euskaltel-Euskadi was killed while training in the Valencian Region of Castellon. The 23 year old came through the Orbea feeder team to turn Pro this year and ride the Giro d’Italia. Last week he started the Tour of Britain but pulled out on stage 2. PEZ send condolences to his family, friends and the Euskaltel-Euskadi team.

Victor Cabedo at the Tour Down Under:

Omloop van het Houtland-Lichtervelde, Belgium
Adam Blythe (BMC) finished second to Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) Wednesday at Omloop van het Houtland-Lichtervelde to post his third top five finish this month for the BMC Racing Team.

Furious Pace Forces Split
The BMC Racing Team went to work after a four-man breakaway was brought back near the end of the 193.8-kilometer race. On the third-to-last of eight laps of a 9.8 km circuit, Blythe sat back as his teammates set a furious pace up front. “We decided to go full gas with the team and that caused a split,” he said. “The team did a super job for me and I just waited for the finish, riding as easy as I could.” With a kilometre to go, teammate Klaas Lodewyck shepherded Blythe onto Kittel’s wheel in anticipation of the bunch sprint. “I moved up before the dangerous corner and everything was perfect,” Blythe said. “But Kittel was just too strong. I couldn’t get past him.” Timothy Dupont (Bofrost-Steria) finished third. Blythe’s result improved on his third place finish at this race in 2010 and added to a fourth place result Sunday at GP d’Isbergues and a fifth on Sept. 1 on Stage 2 of the World Ports Classic.
Thanks to the BMC team for race report.

Japanese Riders Leave Tour of China
Due to the ongoing political tension between China and Japan over the Diaoyo/Senkaku islands, all the Japanese rider and team staff competing in the Tour of China were “expelled” according to UCI president Pat McQuaid. The two countries have been arguing over the sovereignty of the islands for over 150 years, but tension rose this week with Japan buying some of the islands. How all this might affect the Tour of Beijing starting on October the 9th is not known as yet.

Tour of China race 1 stage 6:

Breschel to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
After two years away from Bjarne Riis, Matti Breschel returns to the Danish set-up of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank on a two year contract. Riis had wanted Breschel to return for some time and it was rumoured that the contract was as good as signed back in July.

Boom and Breschel at Rabobank:

Kreuziger also to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
The Czech rider Roman Kreuziger is leaving Astana for the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank on a three contract. Kreuziger should be a right hand man for team leader Alberto Contador at the Tour de France, but he is a winner in his own right, as he showed in the Tour’s of Romandie and Suisse. Team manager Bjarne Riis said of the Czech riders future with his team; “I believe Roman can be a very strong helper for Alberto in some of the races, but surely he will also get his chances to make results of his own.” It would be interesting to hear what Saxo/Tinkoff’s other new signing; Nico Roche thinks of the addition of Roman Kreuziger.

Kreuziger wins stage 19 in the Giro d’Italia 2012:

Nuyens Finishes 2012
Nick Nuyens has decided to stop his 2012 season after he underwent surgery last Friday on his old hip injury from Paris-Nice back in March where he fractured his right hip. After a break of two months he made a return to racing, but with recent pain he has had more x-rays and new scan to discover that the bone had separated and would need surgery. His last race was in Canada at the GP Cycliste de Montrйal and will probably be his last race for Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank; the rumour is that he will be riding for Garmin-Sharp next year.

Nuyens in 2011 Tour of Flanders:

Bobridge Arrives, Van Emden Extends
Press Release: The Rabobank Cycling Team has strengthened itself again. Australian rider Jack Bobridge (23) will be coming over from GreenEdge. Furthermore, Jos van Emden (27) has extended his contract for one more year, and Matti Breschel and Coen Vermeltfoort will be leaving the team.

Jack Bobridge is former under-23 world time trial champion (Mendrisio 2009) and a track pursuit racer. The recognized racer is changing over from GreenEdge and signed a two-year contract. This year, his focus was on track racing, having won silver medals at the world championships (team and individual pursuit) and during the Olympic games (team pursuit).

“I want to develop myself further on the road,” says the man that reeled in two world titles at Apeldoorn’s track in 2011 and achieved silver in the team pursuit in London. “Rabobank Cycling Team is experienced in training young talents and turning them into good road racers. I’m a real team player, I really want to help my team mates. That’s where my strength lies.”

Jos van Emden extended his contract for a year. Van Emden is happy with the confidence the team has bestowed upon him after a less good 2012: “I wasn’t really able to show myself this year due to a number of circumstances. Fortunately, I was able to ride a good program anyway during the last months and show my better side. I am very happy with this contract extension, I know what’s expected of me. My job is to properly drop off the team’s quick men. That really makes me feel accomplished, and I think I can be an asset in that sense.”

Danish rider Matti Breschel will be leaving the team and stepping over to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. Coen Vermeltfoort will take a step backwards and will ride for Cycling team De Rijke-Shanks. Rabobank Cycling Team wishes both riders all the best for the continuation of their careers.

Frederique Robert Extends Contract with Lotto Belisol
Press Release: Lotto Belisol and Frederique Robert have extended their agreement with one season. The 23-year old man from Antwerp is riding for the team since this season and gets the chance to evolve further on next year.

Sports manager Marc Sergeant: “Frederique Robert is someone who has made progression during the entire year. The beginning of the season was difficult, but afterwards he has grown. With his speed he has to be able to show himself in certain continental races. This year he achieved some beautiful results, next year he has to be able to go further on that path. He can also learn from more experienced riders like Roelandts and Henderson. Now and then he starts in races where the team is riding for Andrй Greipel and there he has to watch and listen.”

Frederique Robert: “Since the Tour of Switzerland I have been racing on a decent level. This is actually my first real year as a pro, since last year mainly fouled up. Because of my studies I could never really live as a pro in the past and partly because of that this season is very instructive. In the future I should try to play along in smaller races and in bigger ones I have to be at the service of the team. I can learn a lot from the guys that are part of the sprint train, after all they know what to do.”

Eight more riders sign with Team NetApp – Endura
Press Release: Endura Racing are pleased to announce the eight riders that will be joining Team NetApp-Endura from our current squad, bringing a mix of WorldTour experience and developing British talent to the merged team for 2013.

The eight Endura Racing riders joining the team are:
Alexander Wetterhall (Sweden)
Erick Rowsell (UK)
Iker Camaсo (Spain)
Jonny McEvoy (UK)
Paul VoЯ (Germany)
Russell Downing (UK)
Scott Thwaites (UK)
Zak Dempster (Australia)

Endura Racing have notched up wins at home and abroad since our 2010 re-launch with over 40 wins in 2012 alone. Our most recent success was Jon Tiernan-Locke’s impressive victory in the Tour of Britain last weekend which will see both Jon and the team climb the UCI Europe Tour rankings when they’re released at the end of the month.

The eight riders from Endura Racing will be joined the nine re-signed riders announced by Team NetApp last week:
Andreas Schillinger (Germany)
Bartosz Huzarski (Poland)
Blaz Jarc (Slovenia)
Cesare Benedetti (Italy)
Daniel Schorn (Austria)
Jan Barta (Czech Republic)
Leopold Koenig (Czech Republic)
Markus Eichler (Germany)
Michael Schwarzmann (Germany)

At least three more new riders will be added to the squad for the 2013 season. Management and sport direction will be strengthened too with support staff from both teams involved in the merged team. The complete line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jim McFarlane (Director, Endura Ltd):
“Endura Racing’s win of Tour of Britain last week is a fitting tribute to Endura Racing’s continued progress over the past 3 years and something that the team’s staff and riders can be rightly proud of. I am delighted that we have been able to offer 8 of our current riders the opportunity to ride in even higher level races as part of Pro Conti licensed Team NetApp-Endura in 2013 and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow as bike riders in the new, merged team.”

Bole to Vacansoleil-DCM
Grega Bole is leaving the Italian team Lampre-ISD after three years to join the Dutch Vacansoleil-DCM team for next year to join Spanish work horse and Classics rider: Juan Antonio Flecha.

Brent Copeland Joins Team Mtn-Qhubeka as European Manager
Press Release: Brent Copeland is the latest addition to the growing African Team MTN-Qhubeka. After having already announced riders Gerald Ciolek, Jay Thomson and Ignatas Konovalovas, Copeland joins the management team to strengthen the project. The South African will be the team’s European Manager and will use his experience to take MTN-Qhubeka to the next level. The team is in the process of registering as a UCI Professional Continental team in what will be a first for Africa. “The first year at a new level for any team is always a challenge but with MTN-Qhubeka I feel it will be a positive and exciting challenge,” said Copeland. “ Team Principal Douglas Ryder as well as many others involved have done a great job at getting the team to this level and I know everyone is grateful for this.” “The first challenge is for the riders to get settled into the European ways, not only in racing but also in culture, mentality and language.” From next year, Team MTN-Qhubeka will work out of its new base in Lucca, Italy. Copeland’s experience will again be valuable, as he has lived in Italy since 1994 after moving to Europe for his racing career. “The project Doug put forward to me caught my eye immediately. It’s something that I have always wanted to be part of, a South African working with South African and African riders, being able to guide them and teach them from the opportunities and experience I have fortunately learned over the past 18 years in Europe and Italy.”

After ten years as a director on the Lampre squad, Copeland left the sport to work with Ben Spies in Moto GP. “The experience with Ben Spies and Moto GP has been huge, not only on a professional work basis but also on a friendship basis. I am looking forward to bringing some new thoughts and ideas into cycling from these experiences I’ve learned over the years.” Copeland has worked on four Tour de France’s, five Giro d’Italia’s and six Vuelta a Espaсa’s. He has a recorded success rate with riders such as Damiano Cunego, Alessandro Ballan, Robbie Hunter, Oscar Camenzind and the late Frank Vandenbroucke. He has also managed the South African national team at numerous world championships.

Out of the Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers Returns for a Fourth Year
Press Release: Cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing will once again be hosting “Out of the Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers” on Saturday 20th October 2012 at The Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham.

Last year’s event saw the brothers joined by stars from the cycling scene; Team Sky riders Alex Dowsett and Ben Swift, Rapha Condor Sharp Directeur Sportif John Herety, Graham Briggs, James McCallum and many more. With family and many friends from the cycling community attending, the night was heartily enjoyed by all who attended.

Looking to build on the previous three editions, the night will once again feature a buffet, auction, disco and guest interviews conducted by Eurosport’s cycling commentator David Harmon.

Dean and Russell have been speaking to several riders on the recent Tour of Britain, who are keen to attend the popular evening of entertainment and fundraising.

Russell has enjoyed another fantastic year with Endura Racing, with his biggest team result coming just this week, helping out in Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s Tour of Britain overall victory. Older brother Dean has also had another successful year, on and off the bike; the Rapha Condor Sharp rider is working to raise the profile of cycling with the Out of the Saddle Youth Cycling Club.

This year the brothers have decided to support Brothers on Bikes (https://www.brothersonbikes.org.uk). Sam (aged 15) and Ollie (aged 14) have recently completed the John O’Groats to Land’s End ride in memory of their Uncle Malcolm who passed away with cancer in November 2011.

Tickets to the event are limited and are available now. For more information and ticket details, please visit. https://www.outofthesaddle.org.uk.

A Review of the Season from Lars Bak
Part 1 of a Series from the Lotto Belisol Team: Between half of September and half of October the final races of the year are being held and one by one the riders are putting their bikes aside. One quits after the WC, the other after the final race of Putte-Kapellen, but after the Tour of Beijing it’s over for all of them.

The next weeks, we will review the season with some riders of Lotto Belisol – leaders, helpers and youngster-, listen to their vacation plans and their expectations for the next season. Today part one, Lars Bak.

Lars Bak: “The turn from bad luck to good luck was the key of my season, as well of the season of Lotto Belisol. I broke my hand in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, struggled till Milan-Sanremo and after that I was out for about a month and a half, finishing my preseason. Watching the races on TV, when the team is doing bad is not pleasant. After that I had the Giro, starting in my native country of Denmark and I was able to win a stage. A couple of weeks ago I won the GP Fourmies, two wins I hadn’t expected at the beginning of the season. Our success in the Tour was the season’s top, better than my victories. When a team wins three stages in the Tour, it’s remarkable and having Jurgen to finish as fourth, after months of unseen devotion to achieve that goal, it’s incredible. I was fascinating to be part of this team.”

“Before the season we had put up some goals and, beside the preseason, we achieved lots of them. When we compare the results/budget with other team, we did a good job. Next season few things will change, we even will be better as a team and hopefully we can start the preseason without injuries. For me, I’m looking forward to the cobblestones classics, and a rider like Jьrgen Roelandts is made for races like that.”

At the end of July I started in the Olympics. It will probably have been my last chance, because in Rio I will be 36. As an athlete I think you’re ought to have participated in the Olympics. The race itself is comparable to the WC, the atmosphere was good, but the difference is that in other sports, the Olympics are the main goal, while we have to refocus each month.”

“I’ll end the season with 89 days of racing and will rest for one month, after that I will start with fitness, mountain biking and road training. A real holiday abroad will not be the case, because my wife is moving with our 1,5 year old twins to Luxemburg, where I stay a lot during the year. The break really is necessary to recover and charge the batteries for the new season, because before you know it, preparation will start with teambuilding and training camps.

Lars Bak in this year Giro:

Tour de France: Total Emersion
A bit of old video from the 2010 Tour de France. 100% Tour emersion, lots of behind the scenes stuff.

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