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EuroTrash Thursday!

EuroTrash Thursday catches up with the final stage of the Tour of Hainan and Sunday’s big Cyclo-cross in the Czech Republic; with videos. The UCI announce the top teams for the year and who might be in the WorldTour. Rider transfers and team news plus all the other stuff for a full Thursday sack. Settle back with a nice coffee and don’t let the boss see!

“Top Story”

Steven de Jongh Comes Clean
In an open letter Steven de Jongh has explained his reason for leaving the Sky team and I must admit I respect him more for his admission that many of the others who have recently taken the big dive and spilled their guts on their past deeds. De Jongh had it all too lose by saying that he doped in the early part of his career. He said “I took EPO on a few occasions from 1998 to 2000. It was very easy to get hold of and I knew it couldn’t be detected.” He added that “I stopped because it was wrong and it wasn’t worth the risks – to my health, to the family I wanted, or of getting caught. The years after I’d stopped doping were sometimes hard. But cycling was slowly getting better and I managed to win races clean. I think the ‘whereabouts system’ and biological passport were great things for this sport.”

As to ultimate responsibility, he knows who to blame; “I’ve always believed that everyone should take responsibility for their own decisions and it’s easy to see that I made entirely the wrong ones in the past. I made my biggest mistakes a long time ago but I need to admit this so I can move on.”

Steven de Jongh is now unemployed, he could have lied and stayed at Sky and maybe no one would have ever known, he’s no Lance Armstrong, but he had some nice wins on his palmarйs; stage wins in Tirreno-Adriatico, Poland, Qatar, De Panne, Castilla y Leon, plus two wins in Veenendaal-Veenendaal (2001 & 201) and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (2004 & 2008), E3 Prijs Vlaanderen and the Nokere Koerse, he has a lot of experience to draw on.

The riders who made their affidavits to USADA will be racing next year, those that haven’t retired, and others in management positions in other teams are still working. Maybe he was pushed into it by the Sky teams’ zero tolerance, but for a family man with kids it was a brave thing to do.

Steven de Jongh wins the Championships of Flanders:

Tour of Hainan 2012
The final stage 9 came down to yet another bunch sprint and that man Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) took the honours in Sanya after103 kilometres. Astana’s Dimitriy Gruzdev’s overall lead was not in any danger as he finished in the bunch in 28th place. Astana also had Valentin Iglinskiy in second overall place just to be on the safe side, so no worries for the Kazakh team in China. Scotland’s Alex Coutts (RTS Racing Team) finished in 28th place overall at a very reasonable 3:25 down.

Pro Team Astana has claimed victories in all the major classifications at the Tour of Hainan. Dmitriy Gruzdev finished first in the general classification, 17 seconds ahead of second-placed teammate Valentin Iglinskiy, while Astana also took the team classification and Gruzdev claimed the Asian rider classification.

Team directeur sportif Alexandr Shefer said: “There was a lot of pressure on our team. We came to the Tour of Hainan to defend Valentin Iglinskiy’s two victories, but our plans were immediately complicated by the withdrawal after the initial stages of Nepomnyachshiy, leaving us with only five riders. Despite that, we managed to control the race, win the most important classifications, and we also won a stage through Gruzdev.

“We worked really well and came up trumps, putting together the best possible finish to a season that has brought us some big victories.”

Tour of Hainan Stage 9 Result:
1. Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1-Sanofi in 2:20:47
2. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
3. Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
4. Leonid Krasnov (Rus) RusVelo
5. Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
6. Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
7. Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Ukraine
8. Augustine Macanally Ryan (Aus) Australia
9. Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System
10. Michael Kurth (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx-Indeland.

Tour of Hainan Final Overall:
1. Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana in 34:12:33
2. Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astanan at 0:17
3. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos-Shimano at 0:26
4. Anton Samohvalov (Rus) RusVelo at 0:39
5. Vнctor De La Parte (Spa) SP Tableware at 1:08
6. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:01:11
7. Christopher Butler (USA) Champion System at 1:17
8. Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Ukraine at 1:18
9. Frйdйric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 1:19
10. King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong, China at 1:22.

The final stage in Sanya:

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Plzen
We reported on the second World Cup Cyclo-cross on Monday and here is the video of World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) winning:

UCI WorldTour Top 15 Teams
The UCI have announced the top 15 WorldTour teams on “sporting criteria” who should now go ahead into the 2013 WorldTour. The next five teams will have to wait until the 10th of December when the final licence decisions will be made on ethical, financial and administrative criteria as well as sporting.

UCI WorldTour Top 15 Teams:
AG2R-La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
BMC Racing Team
Euskaltel – Euskadi
Lampre – Merida
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
Sky Procycling
Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team.

The next 5 on the list, 3 to qualify for the WorldTour:
Team Argos – Shimano
Team Europcar
Team Saxo – Tinkoff.

Team Lampre in UCI Top 15
Team Lampre-ISD welcomes with satisfaction the release, by UCI, of the list of the top 15 teams in the sporting value ranking.

UCI will confirm the registration of these 15 teams in World Tour circuit no later than November the 1st.

At the end of a season that gave little satisfaction for what concerns the sport results, the presence of the team in the top 15 had become uncertain.
Despite this, the target was reached thanks to the efforts performed by the management and the sponsors in setting up a roster of high sport value level and very competitive for 2013.

After the confirmation of being in World Tour for 2013, the team is going to focus the attention on the next season that will be the 20th of Lampre group at the top level of the cycling world.

A Rabobank Replacement?
General Manager of what was the Rabobank team; Harold Knebel has said to Het Nieuwsblad that there has been a lot of interested companies in sponsoring the WorldTour team. Knebel commented; “it will take much effort for something to be completed by end of this year, but there is no lack of interest.” He added that “the attraction is apparently larger than the ethical risk.” The White Label Team has a year to find a replacement, but it looks like they are going in the right direction.

Gunther Cuylits Dies of Heart Attack in Africa
Belgian cyclist Gunther Cuylits collapsed in a restaurant after the finish of the 2012 Tour du Faso and died of what was a suspected cardiac arrest in Ouagadougou on Saturday evening. Cuylits had been riding the Tour du Faso for his Ludo Peeters cycling team, this was the fourth time he had ridden the event. Cuylits leaves a wife and two children.

No Place for Sohrabi at Lotto-Belisol
The Iranian rider Mehdi Sohrabi is the only rider from the 2012 Lotto Belisol roster not being taken back on for the 2013 season. The 2011 UCI AsiaTour winner was wanted by many teams to boost their UCI points, but the Belgian team came out tops due to contacts thorough bike sponsor Ridley. After one year Sohrabi has served his usefulness and now has no points and will have to go back to an Iranian team. It’s not just doping that the UCI points system encourages, but the use of points from anywhere to keep a team in the WorldTour.

Mehdi Sohrabi wins Men’s Point Race 2010:

Alex Dowsett: GB TT Champ goes to Movistar
Youngster Alex Dowsett, winner of the last two editions of the ITT National champs and 8th placed at the 2012 Worlds, will ride at Eusebio Unzuй’s squad in 2013.

Press Release: The reigning British individual time trial champion, Alex Dowsett (Essex, 1988) will compete in the Movistar Team jersey during the next season. The young Englishman, who turned 24 earlier this month, is one of the best ITT specialists in the world, as shown by his two victories in the elite national championships (2011, 2012) and the 8th spot in the Worlds in Valkenburg.

British champion at both junior (road race) and under-23 (twice at the ITT) ranks, his European individual time trial gold in 2010 and the silver medal achieved at the Commonwealth Games opened the doors for him at the Sky team, where he made his WorldTour debut at the age of 22, notching up two stage wins at the Tour of Britain and the Tour de Poitou-Charentes. In 2012, and despite a fractured elbow in March, he bounced back to conquer a second title at the British ITT, claim runner-up at the road race and achieve a spot within the best ten in the World Championships.

Alex Dowsett on the BBC:

Roberto Ferrari too Lampre
Press Release: Roberto Ferrari, born in Gavardo (Brescia) in 1983, sprinter by profession. This is the identikit of the fast rider that Team Lampre chose to increase its potential in the sprints.

The team of the general manager Saronni will be enriched by a cyclist that can match a top speed to an effective endurance on demanding courses that usually limit the competitiveness of many sprinters.

The list of his victories confirmed Ferrari’s qualities: since 2007, when he turned pro, he obtained 12 successes, the most important of which are Memorial Pantani (2009), GP Lugano and Giro del Friuli (2010) and, of course, the stage in Montecatini in Giro d’Italia 2012.

173 cm of height for 70 kg of weight, Ferrari began to cycling when he was 7 years old. During his professional career, he took part in two Giro d’Italias and in one Milano-Sanremo.

The Italian cyclist commented his signing using these words: “I’m very happy, this is the best possible evolution for my career. In the past seasons I got beautiful satisfaction, now I’m willing to face new experiences. I’ll have important spurs and I think it will be very exciting racing in the same team of Petacchi.”

“We’re happy to allow Roberto to test himself in the World Tour – Saronni commented – Considering his qualities and the results he obtained until now, I think he’s ready for this new challenge. The group of sprinters of the team will be very competitive.”

And also to Lampre:
The young talented Jan Polanc wanted to come back to the places where he triumphed in Piccolo Giro di Lombardia. In the past days, in fact, the twenty year old cyclist from Slovenia visited the roads on which he performed the winning moves, but his visit was not intended only to live again the past, since Jan’s attention was focused also on the future.

In fact, Polanc met Giuseppe Saronni, general manager from Team Lampre, at the blue-fuchsia headquarter, in order to talk about the chance for Jan to become pro wearing the jersey of the Italian team.

Polanc, who was with his sport director at Team Radenska Andrej Hauptam (Team Lampre’s rider in 2004), agreed that his future will be coloured with blue-fuchsia, maybe starting from the second half of 2013 season.
“The idea of taking part in the most prestigious races is exciting and, if I think it could happen thanks to Team Lampre, it seems to be a dream for me – Polanc confided – Hauptman spoke me well of the blue-fuchsia group: I’m sure it could be the proper environment for me, also considering the attention that Team Lampre usually pays to young cyclists.”

Roberto Ferrari wins stage 11 in the Giro d’Italia 2012:

Junay Santo to Farnese Vini
Japanese rider; Junay Santo will be riding for the Italian Farnese Vini team in 2013 after three years with Team Nippo. Twice second in the Japanese time trial championships, the 30 year old has a list of good results in AsiaTour races and is expected to ride well in the Classics and in the Asian races.

Giro d’Italia to Start in Ireland?
The Belfast Telegraph is reporting that the Giro d’Italia might start in Ireland taking in both sides of the border, the Northern Ireland Tourist board along with Failte Ireland (Republic of Ireland Tourist Board) are working together to stage the start in 2014. The Tour de France started in Ireland in 1998, which was the year of the Festina affair, this time there could be a different sort of controversy as Shadetree Sports are said to be involved and Darach McQuaid (the UCI President’s brother) works at the company.

Stage 1 of the Tour de France in Ireland 1998:

Ferrari Loses Appeal
Dr. Michele Ferrari and Raimondo Scimone have lost an appeal at Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation. Ferrari and Scimone’s offences of doping, money laundering and tax evasion, plus their request to have the case moved from Italy to Switzerland as the offences are said to have taken place there. Ђ26,000 were seized from Scimone by the investigating judge in Padua and more from riders; Michele Scarponi, Vladimir Gusev, Denis Menchov and Vladimir Karpets. The investigation is said to have uncovered contracts and payments in the region of Ђ30 million.

Riccт to Appeal
“Bad Boy” Riccardo Riccт is set to have his appeal against the 12 year ban heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 11th December this year. He was originally banned for 20 months after his positive test during the 2008 Tour de France, then as he was making his comeback with the Vacansoleil team in 2011 he nearly killed himself with a badly stored blood transfusion, which the Italian Olympic Committee regarded as a second offence and handed him a 12 year ban which would rule him out of competitive cycling until he was 40 years old.

Riccт wins in Tre Cime di Lavaredo:

Adelaide wants the Key Back!
Adelaide City Council has voted 6 to 1 to take the key to the City back from Lance Armstrong and his name taken from the list of recipients. Armstrong also received around $3 million to attend the Tour Down Under each time he attended, although the amount is meant to be confidential.

Armstrong at the Tour Down Under:

Wiggins gets 2012 Vйlo d’Or Award
Bradley Wiggins became the first British winner of prestigious Vйlo d’Or award, chosen by thirteen international journalists and awarded by French cycling magazine; Vйlo, in second place was Classic King; Tom Boonen and Spanish rider Joaquim Rodriguez was third, last years winner Philippe Gilbert was fourth and young gun Peter Sagan in 5th place. For the third year in a row Thomas Voeckler received the Vйlo d’Or Franзais for the best French rider of the year.

Best of the 2012 Tour de France:

Jose Luis de Santos will lead the junior team of Alberto Contador Foundation
Press Release: The Alberto Contador Foundation will start next season a junior cycling team under the direction of Josй Luis Santos, a former professional rider and ex national team coach. The team, whose budget is not yet finalised, will be named Alberto Contador Foundation-Specialized. The American manufacturer will be the supplier of bicycles and other materials, as well as taking care of the budget together with the Foundation. Most providers of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank team will also support the project plus other new partners, who have embraced the idea enthusiastically.

Jose Luis de Santos will lead a group of no more than 15 young riders, of which are already confirmed the following: Oscar Linares, Pablo Noriega, Juanjo Pazos, Francisco Perez and Sergio Fernandez (Cantabria), Cristian Torre (Albacete), Enric Mas (Baleares), Бlvaro Cuadro (Andalusia), Miguel Angel Ballesteros (Murcia), Miguel Angel Alcaide (Castilla La Mancha), Diego Pablo Sevilla and Victor Aguado (Madrid) and Fernando Barcelу (Aragon).

“It’s a very exciting project. Being close to Alberto and Fran Contador is a great opportunity and I did not hesitate when they offered me the chance,” said Jose Luis de Santos. “Going back to work with the cycling base is very nice and I think we can bring many things to the formation of the riders. In addition, the project will continue to grow and this foundation can be very important for the future of Spanish cycling.” The idea of the Foundation has materialized thanks to the personal commitment of Alberto Contador, who thus wants offer to a new generation of cyclists the opportunity to have the best means available, without forgetting their education, key in this category, between 17 and 18 years old. “We are thrilled with this project”, says Alberto Contador, “because we are working for the future of our sport, which is something we love. We want to support the quarry cyclist in a particularly difficult time in which many teams and many races are disappearing.”

Fran Contador, team manager, said for his part that, above “a good sports curriculum, the selection of riders has been done having into account the human qualities and enthusiasm for the project that showed the boys, something fundamental in this category.” This team is only the beginning of an ambitious project. “This should be something long lasting, a long term project to ensure the formation of the guys until they can reach the top flight,” says Fran Contador. “The first season will begin with the junior team, but we extend it to the next with a under 23 team and probably other for women, thus completing the cycle prior to jumping to professionalism, without this meaning that we give up to the top flight, but for now the idea is to become the reference for young teams.”

Alberto Contador on Spanish TV (funny):

British Cycling Announces Team for UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Glasgow
British Cycling have today announced the team selected to represent GB in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland from 16 – 18 November 2012.

Press Release: The team includes seven Gold medallists from the London Olympics and they will be joined by a crop of young talent, including Jon Dibben who will make his World Cup debut. The Glasgow World Cup will also see two-time Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy make the transition from Endurance to the Sprint discipline.

Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: “The period of time immediately after an Olympics is an interesting one for the team as it allows us to try out new line-ups and look at how the younger squad members are developing. The men’s team pursuit will be interesting for us in that respect, and I’m also looking forward to seeing how Ed gets on in the Sprint events. Now that the London Olympics are behind us I’m hoping we can carry some of that momentum on into the World Cup and I know the whole team is looking forward to racing again in front of a home-crowd on our first step towards Rio.”

Men’s Sprint
Ed Clancy
Philip Hindes
Jason Kenny

Women’s Sprint
Becky James
Jess Varnish

Men’s Endurance
Steven Burke
Jon Dibben
Owain Doull
Sam Harrison
Joe Kelly (reserve)
Andy Tennant
Simon Yates

Women’s Endurance
Dani King
Joanna Rowsell
Laura Trott.

When Sir Chris Hoy met Danny MacAskill at the Glasgow Velodrome:

Euskaltel-Euskadi pay tribute to Miguel Madariaga at the Feast of the Bike
The members of staff of Euskaltel Euskadi (2012) have paid tribute to Miguel Madariaga at the 10th Bike Festival. The txirrindularis have delivered a signed photo, a beret embroidered with the words “June 17, 1993 – 2012 – Eskerrik asko Miguel!”
And text that reads:

Kaixo Miguel:
First, a big hug to all who have been, and always will be, your cyclists.

Your dedication to the project has been absolute. Beyond the victories or successes, has earned our respect and admiration.

Thank you, with your effort we could realize a dream. We are the example, the result of your work, children who grew up with the bicycle as a toy and after passing through the Foundation, gave us the opportunity to be professional yet, continue to grow as people.

With trial and error, you’ve always kept your word. That shows the true size of a person.

Dedication, hard work and word are the values we associate with your commitment to the project of Euskadi Cycling Foundation. You took us to the Tour de France. You got to include us in the World Tour, the best league of cycling.

Without you it would not have been possible. We know you will continue to struggle with the Euskadi Cycling Foundation, but you will be greatly missed! Eskerrik asko for everything!

From your bikers Euskaltel Euskadi 2012.

Lance in the Main-Stream
South Park jump on the band wagon of Lance bashing, but as they say; the higher you get the harder you fall.

Anti-doping expert to review Orica-GreenEDGE Cycling policies
Press Release: Australia’s only professional road cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE (OGE) today announced a range of initiatives to reaffirm its hard-line stance against doping, including a full external expert review of its policies and procedures and a pro-active review of all riders and team members in light of recent disclosures regarding past practices in the sport.

Separately, OGE today announced that team sport director Matt White would be leaving OGE, effective immediately.

“Orica-GreenEDGE is a clean team and our commitment to being clean has been a foundation principle of the team since the day of its inception,” team owner Gerry Ryan said.

“To maintain public confidence in our strict adherence to this principle OGE has appointed an eminent and independent external expert to audit the rigour and effectiveness of the team’s anti-doping policies and procedures.”

The team has appointed Nicki Vance to lead this review. Vance established the testing and international programs for the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) , headed up the Anti-Doping Program for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and was a start up Director for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). She has been an independent anti-doping consultant since 2002.

The objectives of the Vance Review are specific and straightforward:

• Confirm that Orica-GreenEDGE’s anti-doping policies, protocols and recruitment procedures are world’s best practice and are being implemented without exception; and

• Recommend and oversee the implementation of any necessary enhancements.

All riders and team members recruited to OGE at its inception were accepted after approval from the UCI. The team accepts that recent events may have diminished public confidence in this process.

OGE owner Gerry Ryan said: “Professional cycling is at a cross roads. The future of the sport is being determined by what we do today. OGE will not step back from taking any necessary decision to protect the integrity of the sport and the team and to restore the confidence of cycling fans around the world.”

“It’s time to put our values to work,” Ryan said.

“OGE believes a hard-line approach is an essential pre-requisite to continue in the sport with credibility.”

In order to send the clearest possible signal of OGE’s commitment to a clean team, OGE is proactively reviewing all riders and team members. This is being undertaken in consultation with all relevant agencies and will take into account any new evidence.

Separately to this process, OGE has been awaiting the outcome of the ASADA process into Matthew White’s involvement in doping in the US Postal team.

OGE had indicated that it would await the outcomes of this process before determining its next steps. However, following discussions with Matt it has been determined that he will leave OGE effective immediately.

OGE, General Manager Shayne Bannan said the team would continue to have a strong voice in the AIGCP (the professional team’s association) in order to seek unity and a common path on these crucial issues.

“Cycling must take the opportunity now to make the right decisions for the future of the sport as a whole. We want to contribute to this process and we want to involve both the teams and the UCI. The teams will meet with the UCI in the beginning of the December and we are fully committed to participate actively in real and long-term solutions for the sport. We’re a new team in the sport and it’s important to us to show initiative for something so fundamental for cycling”, Bannan said.

Naming rights sponsor Orica supported the initiatives announced today.

“We support the initiatives being taken by team management to ensure that it is clear Orica-GreenEDGE rejects doping in the past, today and in the future. The sport of professional cycling is going through a crucial period and we support the proactive and hard-line stance being taken against doping”, said Gavin Jackman, Global Head of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility.

Let’s see that video again:

I’m Better Than You!
A great bit of cycling one-up-manship here by henryhelen09 on xtranormal, go on admit it, you said that!

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