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EuroTrash Thursday!

There might not be much racing on, but the news just keeps coming! The UCI are trying to come up with answers, the Armstrong case is still making the headlines and Rasmussen is in there too. Lots of race route announcements and rider news, plus videos and a handful of Press Releases. Yet another full EuroTrash bag to ferret through.

“Top Story”

UCI Dope “Hot Line”
Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, have announced they will set up a confidential hot line for riders who want to discuss any doping concerns. In a letter to the riders UCI President Pat McQuaid said; “during the coming weeks, also after a small time frame to set up the logistical side, the UCI will be looking into establishing a new open line – a confidential ‘hotline’. We will be sending more information about this once in place.”

This move could be due to the inaction by the UCI and other cycling federations in previous cases, particularly Floyd Landis who had sent statements to US Cycling and the UCI concerning his doping experiences. On that point McQuaid said; “We are aware that some riders have complained publicly that despite having shared knowledge with the UCI, there was an inadequate follow up. I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that the UCI did act on information provided in the past and it will always do so in the future, within the bounds of what is legally feasible.”

McQuaid finished his letter with; “this is not the first time cycling has reached a crossroads. Nor is it the first time it has had to engage in the painful process of confronting its past and beginning afresh. It will do so again with renewed vigour. Its stakeholders and fans can be assured that cycling will find a new path forward.”

Is that the noise of a stable door closing after the horse has bolted?

Tour de France Not Very Green!
Cardiff University has published a report which says that the Tour de France has one of the worst ecological footprints of any sports event. Dr. Andrea Collins from Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography and Professor Max Munday and Dr. Annette Roberts from Cardiff University’s Business School reports that the 1.400 spectators who attended the opening stage of the 2007 Tour from London to Kent travelled an average of 734 kilometres to see the event spending 150 million GB pounds. The drawback is that the land required to support the race is 143 times the area of London’s Olympic park which is 2.5 square kilometres, so that’s 357.5 square kilometres.

A different version from Kraftwerk, very retro:

Ghent “6 Days” Line-up for 2012
The 72nd Ghent six days track event sees the return of “Home Boy” Iljo Keisse, this year partnered by Australian Glenn O’Shea. Keisse told Het Nieuwsblad, “I expect a battle between the world champions Kenny De Ketele & Gijs Van Hoecke and myself with the Australian Glenn O’Shea. As outsiders, the Dutch team of Peter Schep and Wim Stroetinga will also be balanced.” The local boy from Ghent added; “I get the crowd’s support so much that I really want to give everything back.” The “6 Days” of Ghent starts on the 20th and ends on Sunday the 25th of November.

Ghent “6 Days” Team’s Line-up:
Kenny De Ketele/Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel),
Peter Schep/Wim Stroetinga (Ned),
Morgan Kneisky/Vivien Brisse (Fra),
Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel)/Leif Lampater (Ger),
Lasse Norman Hansen/Marc Hester (Den),
Iljo Keisse (Bel)/Glenn O’Shea (Aus),
Franco Marvulli /Tristan Marguet (Swi),
Christian Grassman (Ger)/Nolan Hoffman (RSA),
Robert Bartko (Ger)/Silvan Dillier (Swi),
Jasper De Buyst/Tim Mertens (Bel),
Jonathan Breyne /Steve Schets (Bel),
Nicky Cocquyt/Moreno De Pauw (Bel),
Max Stahr/Andreas Muller (Ger).

The Derny’s from 2008:

Andy Schleck to Start 2013 in Australia
The Luxembourg RadioShack-Nissan rider Andy Schleck will kick off his ’13 season at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide on the 20th of January. Since his fractured pelvis in the Criterium Dauphinй he has struggled to find any form and didn’t race from June to October.

Philippe Gilbert for Tour Down Under also
World champion, Philippe Gilbert will be riding the Australian stage race; the Tour Down Under in January according to Het Nieuwsblad. Gilbert rode the Tour Down Under previously, winning a stage in 2004 as well as the Best Young Rider and he the KOM in the 2008 Australian season opener.

Santos Tour Down Under promo:

New Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Course
The Belgian Spring Classics season opener; the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (previously known as the Omloop Het Volk) has changed its course, but the 40 kilometre run-in to the finish on the Charles de Kerchovelaan road in front of the Citadelpark stays the same. Due to road works on the climb of the Wolvenberg and the cobbles of Mater the course will use the Varent climb, plus the return of the Berendries and three passes of the Haaghoek cobbles. The race is on Saturday the 23rd of February.

2012 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad:

Giro del Trentino Changes Start
The 2013 Giro del Trentino will start in the Austrian town of Lienz on Tuesday the 16th of April and will have an extra stage of racing to finish on Friday the 19th. The opening day will have two stages, first a short flat stage followed by 15 kilometre team time trial. Stage 3 on Wednesday the 17th takes the race from Austria back into Italy.

Giro del Trentino 2010 promo:

2013 Australian National Championships Course
The road race course on is based on the usual Buninyong circuit with extra laps of 27.8 kilometres at the start before the finish circuit. The men’s race on Sunday 13 January is 195.6 kilometres long with 3 laps of the early circuit before 11 of the finish circuit. The woman’s race on Saturday the 12th will be 107 kilometres with 2 big circuits and 5 smaller on the same day as the U23 men race over 137.6 kilometres with 2 big and 8 small circuits.

The time trials are on Wednesday 9th January based on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. The U23 over 29 kilometres, then the women on the same distance, followed by the men over 37 kilometres.

The criteriums are on Strut Street, Ballarat on Thursday the 10th; men U23 and women over 33 kilometres and the men on a 44 kilometre course.

Action from the 2011 Champs:

Armstrong Resigns from Livestrong
After stepping down as chairman of the Livestrong charity, which he founded in 1997, he has now resigned from the board of directors of the cancer charity. In a statement from Livestrong spokeswoman; Katherine McLane, she said; “Lance decided to resign from the board of the foundation to spare it any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career.” His resignation took effect from the 4th of November.

Armstrong Offers SCA $1 Million
After SCA Promotions demanding the return of $12 million from Lance Armstrong at the end of October, it has been reported by www.roopstigo.com that Armstrong’s lawyers offerd to pay $1 million. The answer from SCA was: “No do-overs.” Although in a letter to SCA Promotions, Herman, Armstrong’s lawyer, said “when SCA decided to settle the case, it settled the entire matter forever. No backs. No re-dos. No do-overs. SCA knowingly and independently waived any right to make further claims to any of the money paid.” Is this a turn around?

There is also the Floyd Landis & US Postal case under the US False Claims Act, this concerns the estimated $30 million for the 1998 to 2004 Tour wins.

WADA didn’t Protect Armstrong
After statements from the World Anti Doping Agency’s medical director Alan Garnier to French radio station Rfi that WADA’s executive committee protected Lance Armstrong, WADA pointed out that they were disappointed with Garnier’s suggestion that “WADA was inactive in respect of Lance Armstrong.” In a statement from WADA they say: “In 2005, when WADA became aware of the information relating to many positive samples from Lance Armstrong at the Paris laboratory, WADA suggested that the UCI conduct an inquiry into the truth of the matter. Rather than inquire into the truth of the doping suggestion UCI took other steps and engaged an individual to write a report exonerating Armstrong. The report was not independent and was seriously flawed, and was intensely critical of WADA and its President.”

Adding that: “In addition, Armstrong lodged a complaint with the IOC and this was given to the IOC Ethics Commission to examine. As a consequence WADA took independent legal advice and the 2006 meeting at which there was a brief closed discussion was to consider the privileged independent legal advice received by WADA as to those allegations. It is important to remember that WADA was sued by the UCI for trying to force the Armstrong issue and this, together with the complaint to the IOC, were simply bullying attempts to shut WADA down in an effort to show that Armstrong was cheating.”

How the Armstrong case was reported in Boulder, Colorado:

No Rasmussen Verdict till December
After the continuation of the Michael Rasmussen/Rabobank court case last Monday no verdict was given and it will resume on the 18th of December. Basically the case revolves round whether the Rabobank team management knew that Rasmussen was in Italy or, as they claim, they thought he was in Mexico. Rasmussen had said he would be training for the 2007 Tour de France in Mexico, but he had been spotted by Italian TV commentator; Davide Cassani training in Italy and was ejected from the Tour while in the yellow jersey. Rasmussen was sacked by Rabobank as general manager, at the time, Theo de Rooij was convinced that Rasmussen was in Mexico and testified to that. Rasmussen has said that de Rooij and DS Erik Breukink had lied to the court and had known of his whereabouts in Mexico.

Michael Rasmussen; the best climber in the World?

Duggan & Petrov to Saxo/Tinkoff
US National road champion Timmy Duggan had signed for SpiderTech for 2013, but as it has suspended its race plans, he will be with the Danish Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for next season. Evgeny Petrov left Astana for a two year contract under the managership of Bjarne Riis. Japanese rider; Takashi Miyazawa has extended his contract from last year for a further year with the Bank’s team.

Petrov in the 1999 World U23 time trial championships:

Team NetApp – Endura signs Roger Kluge
Press Release: Team NetApp – Endura signs up Roger Kluge to add another German rider in the coming season. Kluge, 26, joins the ranks of sprinters and classic racers in the German ProContinental team.

“We are delighted to have signed up Roger Kluge to further support our sprint section. Roger has experience in the UCI World Tour and was most recently lead-out rider for world class sprinters including Kittel and Degenkolb. His speed makes him ideal for our sprint team,” Team Manager Ralph Denk explained.

“Roger was last used in preparing for sprints, but we will now give him the chance to ride on his own account. We will change his preparations for the season so that, besides competing in a six-day race, he can concentrate fully on the road season,” Denk added.

With the addition of Roger Kluge, Team NetApp – Endura will have 21 riders next year. This completes the team planning for the coming season.

Roger Kluge began his career on the track. He is a World Cup winner, two-times European Champion, several times German Champion and Olympic Silver medallist in Beijing. At the Games in London this year he came fourth in the Men’s Omnium competition. He turned professional road racer three years ago, appearing first for a season in 2010 with Team Milram and then with Skil-Shimano/Argos-Shimano. His biggest successes to date are his fourth place in the overall ranking in the Tour of Qatar and his victory in the Neuseen Classics (both in 2010). Kluge also entered this year’s Tour de France but had to withdraw in the first week following a hand injury.

Team NetApp – Endura 2013 (Status 13 November 2012):
Jan Barta (27, CZE),
Cesare Benedetti (25, ITA),
Iker Camano Ortuzar (33, ESP),
David de la Cruz (23, ESP),
Zakkari Dempster (25, AUS),
Russell Downing (34, GBR),
Markus Eichler (30, GER),
Bartosz Huzarski (32, POL),
Blaz Jarc (24, SLO),
Roger Kluge (25, GER),
Leopold Koenig (24, CZE),
Ralf Matzka (23, GER),
Jonathan McEvoy (23, GBR),
Josй Mendes (27, POR),
Erick Rowsell (22, GBR),
Andreas Schillinger (29, GER),
Daniel Schorn (24, AUT),
Michael Schwarzmann (21, GER),
Scott Thwaites (22, GBR),
Paul Voss (26, GER),
Alexander Wetterhall (26, SWE).

Roger Kluge 3rd in the Clбsica Ciclista de Almerнa 2012:

ORICA-AIS Signs First Female Korean Pro Cyclist
Press Release: ORICA-AIS is pleased to announce Sungeun Gu as its second new signing for the 2013 season. The 28-year-old is the reigning National Road Champion and will be the first professional female Korean rider.

“We’re really pleased to be able to sign Gu and we’re proud to have the first Korean pro on our team. Cycling is rapidly becoming a global sport, and we see our team as an active part of that development. Having Gu on that team is another big leap in that direction for us,” says General Manager Shayne Bannan.

Like many of her Australian teammates, Gu started her cycling career on the track. The multi-time junior Asian track champion went on to score silver in the points race and scratch race at the Junior Track World Championships. Her success on the track continued at the elite level with silver in a World Cup scratch race and gold in the points race at the Asian Track Cycling Championships.

“Gu will take an important step in her career coming to a European based road team with a full, international race schedule,” Bannan added. “We believe she has the talent and the personality to make it.”

As Gu transitioned from track to road, she spent time at the World Cycling Center in Switzerland, where ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Daniel Teklehaimanot also was recruited. Following her stint as a WCC trainee, Gu finished third on the road and second in the time trial at the UCI B World Championships in Cape Town. Her results secured her place at the Beijing Olympics.

Gu’s development has been supported within Asian cycling over the last four years. Notable results from the 2012 season include 2nd place in the Asian Road Championships and top-ten finishes on the first two stages of Tour of Thailand.

In its maiden season, ORICA-AIS successfully integrated European riders into a team that carried an Australian majority amongst its roster and boasted a distinctly Australian flavour. The team expects Gu to further its international flair while supporting its Australian roots.

“She will be part of a very experienced and successful team and we think she will thrive in this environment,” said ORICA-AIS Sports Director Dave McPartland. “We’re only entering our second season, but our structure is clearly working well and that will be a big part of her possibility to grow as a rider. We’re really looking forward to getting her onboard and to help her fully develop her road skills at the highest level.”

Team Sky Welcome Shaun Stephens
Press Release: Team Sky are pleased to announce the appointment of Shaun Stephens as a Performance Coach ahead of the 2013 season.

The 37-year-old Australian is regarded as one of the world’s best triathlon coaches and recently worked as Head Coach to the Australian national team at the London Olympic Games.

Stephens will leave his current roles as Head Coach and Programme Manager at the Australian Institute of Sport and Triathlon Australia to work alongside Team Sky’s Head of Performance Tim Kerrison in a full-time capacity.

With a background in sports science and a former Sports Development Manager at the University of Queensland, Stephens has coached junior and elite athletes throughout the last four Olympic cycles and his appointment will be of huge benefit to the team.

Shaun Stephens said: “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work as part of the Team Sky programme.

“I have watched their outstanding performances with interest over the last three years and have been impressed by how they have assembled their team and introduced innovative performance strategies to cycling.

“I’m looking forward to contributing to the team and bringing in new ideas through my sport science and coaching knowledge of triathlon.

“I believe it is Dave Brailsford’s vision of introducing a diversity of skill sets into Team Sky, and ultimately the cycling staff and riders’ embracement of new training and competition strategies, that has given Team Sky a competitive advantage over other teams.

“I look forward to the challenges of understanding the intricacies of a new sport and assisting Team Sky build upon the enormous success they have already achieved.”

Team Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: “Shaun’s appointment continues Team Sky’s commitment to assembling the very best coaching and support staff in the world, without being afraid to look beyond the arena of cycling.

“It is incredibly exciting to be bringing fresh expertise into the sport, and further reinforces this team’s desire to break new ground in the field of performance.

“The team has taken tremendous strides since the appointment of Tim Kerrison, who came from swimming, and we hope that with Shaun on board we can maintain our position as the world’s number one cycling team.”

The Team Sky Service de Course:

Lotto Belisol: Successful Season for U23 Team
Press Release: The U23 team of Lotto Belisol can look back, just as its big brother, on a successful cycling year 2012. With a Belgian national title, the overall victory in the team classification of the Lotto Topcompetition and three overall victories in stage races, sports director Kurt Van De Wouwer can be satisfied.

Kurt Van De Wouwer: ”At the beginning of the season we were a bit careful, because in 2011 we had a brilliant season. We had to wait and see if there would be other guys to take over. We hoped to compete for the title of U23 and to play a role in the Topcomeptition, in which the other years we finished close. When you see that we take the national title with Jorne Carolus and we also win the Topcompetition, of course that pleases us. Apart from that we won the overall classification in the Tour of Liиge, Navarra and Palencia. And the fact that for now five guys can set the step to the pros (Tim Wellens became already a pro at 1st July), is a nice reward for themselves and the team.”

“On the one hand it is a pity that only Tim Wellens can move on to the WorldTour team, but on the other hand it isn’t evident to directly take the step to the highest professional level. Our WorldTour team is already very young, and given the fact that most of the guys, when the Lotto Belisol formation was established, signed for two years there weren’t many vacancies. Maybe there will be room next year, but that will depend on the performances of the boys who are now part of the professional team and of course on the achievements of the U23 next season.”

“In 2013 the core of 25 riders at the U23 team will again be very young. 13 guys are new, a relative big number, but as I said five riders become pros and there were already a few riders elite riders without a contract. Six of the newbies are freshmen, including New-Zealand’s talent Hayden McCormick, and the top of the juniors. Of course we can’t immediately expect big results of them, but I am curious to see who will step into the spotlights. Victor Campenaerts (final year) and Jorne Carolus (third year) should, because of their age, be able to confirm. Thanks to the long term vision of Lotto Belisol the U23 boys get the time to develop themselves and we can profile ourselves as an ideal education team with possibilities to grow.”

This is the 1999 Tour de France stage 10 to Alpe d’Huez, Giuseppe Guerini won and Kurt Van De Wouwer was 8th:

Telenet and Lotto Belisol get Together
Press Release: Telenet and Lotto Belisol have closed a partnership for the cycling year 2013, with an option for two more seasons. With this, the telecommunication company is taking the step to road racing and will be a new strong partner for the Belgian WorldTour formation next to the principal sponsors Lotto and Belisol and bicycle manufacturer Ridley Bikes.

“With the sponsoring of the Lotto Belisol cycling team, we extend our commitment in cycling”, stresses Inge Smidts, responsible for residential marketing at Telenet. “Cycling keeps being extremely popular in Flanders. A few years ago Telenet has bonded itself to the cyclo-cross. With our entrance in the Lotto Belisol team we want to strengthen our brand name in the beginning of the year and during the summer months as well. Lotto Belisol is known to be a solid locally anchored challenger with a healthy ambition. We totally recognize ourselves in that spirit and we will include the supporters and fans in an original way in their favourite sport.”

Bill Olivier, general manager Lotto Belisol: “Of course we are very excited with the new agreement. As a Belgian team with Telenet we can welcome a very strong Belgian brand as partner. Telenet has shown in the past that they find that communication through the sport in general and cycling in particular is very important to them, for example in cyclo-cross. The collaboration with Telenet will give us the chance in the future to model further the values which Lotto Belisol stands for and the path that has been chosen. Lotto Belisol should be an ideal platform for Telenet, thanks to our excellent image and the mutual synergies between the partners.”

“After the cycling year 2012 that we absolutely can call successful, we feel that Lotto Belisol has called up something. That Telenet is joining us, is a clear signal that companies keep believing in communication through cycling. The strict ethical politics of Lotto Belisol is also contributing to this. Our team with big names as Jurgen Van den Broeck, Andrй Greipel, Jelle Vanendert and Jьrgen Roelandts stays an excellent mean to offer the necessary return. At the moment we still have room for one more partnership.”

Angelo Zomegnan senior Advisor to Team Lampre
Press Release: 2013 season is coming. In the new sport year Team Lampre, that on November the 2nd was mentioned by UCI among the 8 teams in the top range of the World Tour, is going to face special moments such:

– the 20th year of presence of Lampre’s brand in the pro cycling
– the debut, in the top cycling, for a very important partner

Future’s calling general manager Saronni’s team to new and more intense challenges.

Considering that the current situation is not optimal for who would ask to cycling to give value to its brand, in order to celebrate the important anniversary of an historical partner such Lampre and in order to cooperate in an proper way to the landing of a top company in the йlite of cycling, the board of the Team detected the experts in the different areas such communication, strategic marketing: knowledge and skills that will support the development of the team own resources and structure.

As a function of these new and important challenges, the Team asked and obtained to avail of the professional skills of Angelo Zomegnan – in his career he held the roles of reporter, assignment editor, assistant director of La Gazzetta dello Sport, director of Giro d’Italia and manager of RCS Media Group, member of Fondazione Anti-doping and vice-president of World Organizers Association – as Senior Advisor of the Board of Team Lampre, in order to pursue these targets:

– placement of the Company on worldwide dimension
– supervision of the country and global communication
– marketing strategy
– planning of public relations activity
– B2B at sport institutional level and with public administrations

“We’re very proud to have the chance to avail of the knowledge and the skills of such important cycling man as Angelo Zomegnan,” Giuseppe Saronni commented. “The new season will be characterized by many important targets and we’re sure that Zomegnan is the best advisor to support us in the chasing of these goals.”

Great old bit of retro here from the book of Angelo Zomegnan “In fuga dall’ordinario” (“In escape from the ordinary”).

USA Cycling Announces Creation of Women’s Professional Team Structure
Press Release: USA Cycling on Tuesday announced the creation of a formal women’s professional team structure for the 2013 national calendar. This groundbreaking initiative gives women racers the opportunity to compete in the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships, May 25-27, in Chattanooga, Tenn., on the same weekend as the men pro racers and with equal prize money.

In order to race at the national championships in Chattanooga, female riders must be a member of a registered UCI or domestic elite team and a category 1 or 2. Women who raced at the 2012 USA Cycling Road National Championships in Augusta, Ga., are automatically eligible to race in Chattanooga as long as their team is registered with USA Cycling as a domestic elite team.

“There has been a tremendous increase in awareness and interest in women’s professional road racing over the past decade,” said USA Cycling CEO and President Steve Johnson. “We were very excited to add women’s representation to the Professional Road Committee as part of last year’s governance reform; and I think bringing the two championships together and equalizing the prize lists are important steps in the continuing development of women’s cycling in the U.S.”

There will also be a stand-alone U23 women’s national championship at the USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championship, July 3-7, in Madison, Wis. The U23 championship is open to category 1, 2 and 3 racers age 19-22, and will feature road, time trial and criterium races.

Women will also race on the same day as the men at the USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships, July 27, in High Point, N.C. That race is open to U23 riders under the same stipulations mentioned above.

“Combining the women’s and men’s National Road and Time Trial Championships in 2013 is nothing but a good move,” stated Nicola Cranmer, general manager of the Exergy TWENTY12 UCI Professional Cycling Team. “Not only because of the obvious boost in media exposure that this will gain for women’s racing, but also the fact that creating a separate U23 national championships later in the year gives the young athletes a target. Showcasing pro women alongside the pro men is a positive statement.”

In addition, the 2013 Exergy Tour for women, held June 5-9, in Idaho, has been awarded “2.HC” status by the UCI. This is a brand new classification for women’s peloton and participation will be limited to UCI-registered women’s teams and national teams. Teams interested in registering with the UCI should contact USA Cycling Technical Director Shawn Farrell ([email protected]) immediately.

The 1984 Summer Olympics Games: Rebecca Twigg and Connie Carpenter-Phinney (both U.S.) fight it out:

Shoot your Glasses!
Ever wondered how strong your cycling glasses are? Or have you ever thought of shooting your cycling glasses? Well, Luckygunner has done it. You can read the full article from luckygunner.com here.

Here are their findings:

Here is the full article from luckygunner.com.

Update on the GB team for the Glasgow World Cup
British Cycling announcement: Academy riders Elinor Barker and Joe Kelly will replace Joanna Rowsell and Steven Burke in the Glasgow round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup series. Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for these two youngsters to step in and experience the GB competition environment at an elite level.”

Pistard – Wear Your Way
Great promo video from pistard.cc, as their man Luca Marconato says; “it’s a kind of biking race dream in cooperation with Cinelli.” Single speed action. Smart, but casual?

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