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Armstrong to make a TV confession, can’t see it happening myself; today’s Top Story. The Australian time trial championships had repeat wins from Durbridge & Gillow, how will the road races pan out at the weekend? Loads of team, race and rider news and a quick interview with Jurgen Van den Broeck. Another bulging EuroTrash bag, coffee time Thursday.

TOP STORY: Armstrong on Oprah
On January the 17th Lance Armstrong will appear on the US television program “Oprah’s Next Chapter” to be screened on January the 17th and will be filmed from his Texas home. The program is being billed by Oprah.com that “Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career.” But will the program address all the subjects we have read about? The possible allegations of bribery, the bullying tactics and the supply of drugs; that will be interesting to see. A tougher scenario of something like the Jerry Springer Show may have been a more insightful, bringing on Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie and all the other guys, maybe finish it off with Greg Lemond and Hein Verbruggen. Then again the whole thing is becoming a soap opera as the battle has now moved to the television.

Australian Men’s Time Trial Championships 2013
Luke Durbridge blasted around Ballarat to win gold in the individual time trial at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships. The defending champion covered the 37 kilometre Lake Wendouree course in 43:26.71 to beat out Rohan Dennis (South Australia) for the title. Michael Matthews, in his first outing in ORICA-GreenEDGE colours, took the bronze medal. “Winning the national title was definitely my main objective for January,” said Durbridge. “I worked hard over December to achieve that goal, and I’m happy to come out with the win.”

“It’s an honour to wear national colours,” Durbridge continued. “To have that honour last year and achieve it again this year is a huge thing for me. I take a lot of motivation from wearing the championship jersey. I’m glad to do it again this year. My 2013 season has started quite well.”

As defending champion, Durbridge recognized that anything less than the gold medal would be underwhelming. “It was different this year to go into the race with the win as an expectation,” he said. “It’s a different sort of feeling when anything but the win would be a disappointment. I used that pressure to motivate and drive me when I trained and raced. When it got hard out there today, I was able to remind myself that you don’t win when it isn’t hard. The pressure was good motivation for me in the end.”

Sport Director Matt Wilson drove behind Durbridge during his race effort. “Durbo is a level-headed guy,” explained Wilson. “He wanted some specific information over the radio with good time checks and a little encouragement towards the end. His radio stopped working during the second half of the course, so it was frustrating for him not have the information he wanted, but he was obviously riding super strong by that point.”

Durbridge crashed yesterday during his pre-ride, and there was some concern that he would deal with stiffness or soreness. “The crash yesterday didn’t impact me at all today,” said Durbridge. “I didn’t feel it at all.”

Durbridge was full of praise for the new course changes. “It was great to have full road closures this year,” he noted. “This way traffic didn’t impact anyone. It was windy out there today but super fast. We don’t see 51 kilometre/hour averages too often. The course definitely suited me. I hope they keep it the same next year.”

While Durbridge’s win may have been anticipated, the lessor places were more difficult to predict. Matthews beat out time trial specialist Richie Porte (Tasmania) for the final spot on the podium. “Bling has been preparing for the time trial, and he set the goal to medal here,” said Wilson. “I knew he’d do a good time trial. He’s done fantastic efforts in the past, so I expected him to be up there. Given the form of both Durbo and Dennis, third place is a fantastic result.”
Thanks to Orica-GreenEdge for race info.

Australian Men’s Time Trial Championships Result:
1. Luke Durbridge (WA) in 43:26.71
2. Rohan Dennis (SA) at 0:21.27
3. Michael Matthews (ACT) at 0:45.14
4. Richard Porte (Tas) at 0:48.15
5. Jacob Kauffmann (NSW) at 2:43.68
6. William Clarke (Tas) at 2:54.74
7. Nick Bensley (Vic) at 3:11.15
8. Jack Anderson (Qld) at 3:16.41
9. Cameron Wurf (Tas) at 3:18.57
10. Shane Miller (Vic) at 3:26.62.

Australian Women’s Time Trial Championships 2013
Shara Gillow became the second Australian woman to claim three consecutive national titles in the individual time trial championships today. The Queenslander won the race against the clock at Lake Wendouree in a time of 38:56.59 over the 29.2 kilometer course. Gillow’s gold-medal ride was 1:09 faster than Grace Sulzberger (Tasmania) for silver and 1:20 ahead of Felicty Wardlaw (Victoria) with bronze.
“I’m pretty happy with my ride, and it’s obviously really good to win the national championships again,” said Gillow. “With the course changes this year, it’s hard to compare my effort to my previous titles, and I’m always striving to go better. It’s a special win today, that’s for sure.”

Gillow said she enjoyed the conditions on what she called a ‘straightforward course’ that started with a loop around Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. “We did a bit more than five kilometers around the lake before we headed straight out of town and straight back,” she said. “There was a bit of wind, which I like, so that worked in my favor. I didn’t break the course down into different sections. My goal was just to go as fast I could the entire time.”

The national champion found it difficult to gauge her effort early on in the race. “I caught the first two riders I was chasing, but they weren’t medal contenders,” she explained. “Once I had gone past them, it was a bit more difficult to gauge how I was going, and I definitely like to have that tangible mark during a race when possible.”

The effort handily won Gillow the title and equaled the record set by 1992 Olympic road race champion Kathy Watt who claimed the hat trick of time trial titles from 1992-1994. “I actually only found out recently that Kathy Watt had set the mark with three titles and that it hadn’t been broken,” admitted Gillow. “I’ve equaled that now. I didn’t have any extra pressure to chase that record. I always put pressure on myself anyway.”

While Gillow delivered the standout result, all four ORICA-AIS starters had strong rides in Ballarat. Tiffany Cromwell rounded out the top five with Amanda Spratt in seventh place and Gracie Elvin one spot further back in eighth. “I expected all four of our riders to finish in the top ten,” said Sport Director Dave McPartland. “They came up in the top eight. I’m pleased, but I wouldn’t say it’s a surprise.

Tiff and Spratty haven’t done much time trial work in the last six months, so their rides were respectable in that regard. Gracie is the most inexperienced of the bunch, so I’m quite happy to see her run eighth.”
Thanks to Orica-AIS team for race info.

Australian Women’s Time Trial Championships Result:
1. Shara Gillow (Qld) in 38:36.59
2. Grace Sulzberger (Tas) at 1:09.64
3. Felicity Wardlaw (Vic) at 1:20.64
4. Taryn Heather (Vic) at 1:23.77
5. Tiffany Cromwell (Sa) at 1:30.74
6. Ruth Corset (Qld) at 1:36.25
7. Amanda Spratt (NSW) at 1:46.00
8 Gracie Elvin (ACT) at 2:01.27
9 Carla Ryan (Qld) at 2:02.07
10 Bridie O’Donnell (Vic) at 2:12.87.

Behind the scenes with Orica-GreenEdge at the National TT:

Lloyd at the Australian Championships
Matthew Lloyd will be the first cyclist from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA to take part in an official race in 2013 wearing the team jersey. On Sunday 13 January, the “king of the mountains” of the 2010 Giro d’Italia will be at the start of the Australian National championships. The race length is 195,6 km, the course (start and arrival in Buninyong) will be made quite tough by 14 climbs of two hills. In 2012, Lloyd was 2nd behind Gerrans.

“It’s a great honour for me to be the first cyclist to race on Merida bike: I’ll be very motivated to realize a good performance,” Lloyd said. “The event is always important for the Australian riders, that’s why the opponents will be at the top.”

Dance moves?

Unipublic confirms that Alberto Contador will attend the presentation of La Vuelta a Espaсa 2013
Press Release: Alberto Contador, the winner of the 2012 Vuelta a Espaсa, will attend the presentation of the 2013 edition on Saturday, January 12th, at the Novagalicia Banco de Vigo Cultural Centre (the Garcнa Barbуn Theatre) in Vigo. Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodrнguez, the two riders to share the podium with Contador in 2012, will be in attendance also. Juan Josй Cobo, of the Movistar team (and winner of the 2011 Vuelta) and John Degenkolb, Argos Shimano (winner of five stages in the 2012 Vuelta) will, likewise, be at the event. The 2013 Vuelta will begin on the 24th of August in Vilanova de Arousa, Pontevedra, and will finish on the 15th of September in Madrid.

Happy New Year from Alberto Contador:

Katusha Applies for UCI ProConti Licence
The Russian registered Katusha team has applied for a temporary UCI Professional Continental licence until their appeal is heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as to their failed WorldTour licence. The team wants to ride the Argentinean stage race; the Tour de San Luis starting on the 21st of January. The riders were hoping to fly out on the 13th; the licence commission will make a decision before the 15th, so it’s going to be close. The Rusvelo team, which is part of the Russian Global Cycling project, has received a ProConti licence, with Katusha that would mean there is 20 team in that class. If Katusha is successful at CAS then the lowest ranked team in the WorldTour will drop down to ProConti level, if that was to happen then there would be another unhappy team.

Katusha at Roubaix, will we see that this year?

***STOP PRESS***
Katusha v/ UCI : request for provisional measures rejected

“Lausanne 9 January 2013 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected a request for provisional measures filed by Katusha Management SA asking for the temporary registration of its professional team in the 2013 UCI ProTour.

The CAS will now consider the main appeal of Katusha Management SA which requests that the decision of the Licensing Commission of the UCI of 18 December 2012 concerning Katusha be annulled and that Katusha be admitted to the UCI ProTour for the entire 2013 season. A hearing will be scheduled shortly in order for a final decision to be issued as quickly as possible.”

Vacansoleil-DCM Presents it’s Team with Passion and Pride
Press Release: Vacansoleil-DCM has presented its team for the upcoming cycling season today in EYE, a film museum and theatre in the sparkling Dutch capital Amsterdam. As ‘confidence’ was the theme during last year’s presentation, this time the World Tour team choose pure, pride and passion as keywords. And confidence there still is, according general manager Daan Luijkx, his staff and the team sponsors Vacansoleil and DCM. By showing images of Marcato’s victory in Paris-Tours and the tremendous stage win of De Gendt in the Giro d’Italia the team defined their framework to kick off the new season. “We want to at least equal the highest peaks”, repeated Luijkx once again.

Among the 29 riders are seven newcomers. With Aart Vierhouten there is also a new sports director. “I started work on 1 December”, Vierhouten says. “That meant talking a lot straight away, in order to coordinate our visions. Long term planning is at the heart of my strategy”, he says. “If I look at the individual qualities within Vacansoleil-DCM, I can see it has the potential to be a top team. Last season, the forward momentum of the team halted somewhat.

It has to be rediscovered in 2013. It is my job to increase the return. Road cycling is an individual team sport. At the moment that matters, you have to function as a team. Sometimes something doesn’t matter to an individual, but he’ll be the piece of the puzzle that will lead the team to victory. I want to see this kind of well-oiled machine.”

Vierhouten entered the presentation podium together with the youngsters Danny van Poppel, Maurits Lammertink and Wesley Kreder. It emphasized the youthful character of the squad. A main role in the show however was for the recruited star Juan Antonio Flecha, while Daan Luijkx didn’t get around the difficult subjects of today’s cycling. Without timidity he told the international cycling press about his personal worries and emotions. “The sport is being damaged”, he said. “There only is attention for the bad things and hardly for the performances. This season, in our fifth year as a professional team and our third year in the World Tour, we’ll be more professional organized than ever before. We have invested hugely in our staff, but in the same time we are in a difficult era. We fight for credibility and I hope that our sponsors won’t let our beloved sport down.”

Johnny Hoogerland – What Does’nt Kill You:

Europcar Team for Tropicale Amissa Bongo
The French Europcar team will be riding the Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage race from the 14th to the 20th of January. The UCI AfricaTour 2.1 race in The Gabon consists of 7 stages based around Livbreville, Bitam, Yaounde (Cameroun) and Lambarene.

Europcar Team Riders:
Natnaлl Berhane,
Anthony Charteau,
Yohann Gene,
Christophe Kern,
Morgan Lamoisson,
Pierre Rolland.
Directeur Sportif: Jean-Renй Bernaudeau.

A Short Interview with Lotto Belisol’s Jurgen Van den Broeck
Jurgen about the off-season: “After the Vuelta I didn’t step on my bike for only two days. Actually I was frustrated to leave the Vuelta like that and because cycling is the thing I love to do most, I soon picked up the training again, so I’m already busy for a few months.”

Jurgen about lonely trainings: “I often go to Mallorca to train. The circumstances are ideal, I have an excellent operating base and I only have to focus on one thing. The past few months I was about one week out of three on the Spanish island.”

Jurgen about his adapted program: “I already rode the Walloon classics nine or ten times, but I never was at my best, so I won’t ride them this year. On the other hand I function better in stage races, so I will ride the Tour de Romandie. For the team the WorldTour points are important and a third or fourth place in a smaller stage race counts more and I want to help. The team gives me the chance to work completely in function of the Tour, so it is up to me to make sure I do everything to achieve the best I can, also in the preparation races.”

Jurgen about the leadership: “A few years ago I wanted to test in the Giro how far I could reach in stage races, to decide afterwards if I should go for the GC myself or if I should serve someone else. The Giro of 2008 turned out well, so I have made a goal of the GC in Tour since then.”

Jurgen about his life goal, the Tour podium: “Only at the end of my career I will be able to say what will have been the maximum to achieve; I can only do everything for it. I don’t have the talent of a Froome or Contador, but I try to make progress on different levels each year. I still want to work meticulously for months on that big goal every year.”
Thanks to the Lotto Belisol Team.

Let’s hope he has better luck than in 2011:

Team Colombia get’s Giro “Wild Card”
The Colombia team has received a “Wild Card” invitation to the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Team manager Claudio Corti said: “This invitation is a crucial step in our project’s path, so I can’t be anything but happy that our Team has managed to win a Giro d’Italia spot in just its second season in the pro ranks. In our first year, I think we showed everyone in cycling the real value of our riders and organization, and we feel ready to improve further: we have a huge bunch of people all over the World who can’t wait to see us in action at the Giro, and we certainly will not disappoint them.”

“We have got the riders and the attitude to perform in a demanding Giro d’Italia, and we will be looking to bring what everybody expects from us: we have a group of exciting grimpeurs and an ‘Inspired by Climbing’ attitude, and we definitely will not back down when the road points up.”

One of the Colombian team’s Directeur Sportif Valerio Tebaldi added; “It feels great to be part of the return of a Colombian team on the Grand Tour stage. Our team left its mark on races with its quality and personality in 2012, and we now get the chance to give our fans what they have been waiting for so long. We worked very hard for a year, but our efforts paid dividends: Team Colombia managed to win the respect and the affection of people from all over the World, and this invitation marks a huge moment for us.”

The team have also been invited to Il Lombardia on the 29th of September.

Lucho Herrera Colombian Cyclist:

Bardiani and Fantini Vini to Ride Giro d’Italia
Along with Colombia, the Giro d’Italia has also invited Bardiani Valvol-CSF Inox and Fantini Vini-Selle Italia to take part in the 2013 Grand Tour. Most notable omission is the Katusha team of Joaquim Rodriguez, the animator of the 2012 Italian stage race.

For Milano-Sanremo, the 18 WorldTour teams plus Androni Giocattoli, Katusha, MTN-Qhubaka, IAM Cycling, Bardiani, Vini Fantini and Team Europcar.

And for Il Lombardia: Androni Giocattoli, Katusha, Colombia, IAM Cycling, NetApp-Endura, Vini Fantini and Team Europcar will be on the start line.

2013 Giro d’Italia Presentation:

Team NetApp – Endura receives wildcards for Tirreno – Adriatico and Il Lombardia
The new German/Scottish combo; Team NetApp – Endura has secured invitations for two Italian World Tour races. From March 6-12, the team will line up for Tirreno – Adriatico for the first time and also in September 29th, will also premiere in the Il Lombardia.

“We are delighted to be able to take part in these Italian races for the first time. Both races are important milestones for us in spring and fall,” said Ralph Denk, Team Manager of Team NetApp – Endura.

The German team’s joy was tempered by its non-consideration for the Giro d’Italia. “After our outstanding presence in 2012, we would have liked to have challenged for a stage victory this year. But we understand that these decisions are incredibly complex for race organizers and thus take them in a sporting manner,” continued Denk.

MTN-Qhubeka Confirmed to Ride Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-Sanremo
Press Release: Team MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung’s first season as a Pro Continental team was given a major boost today when RCS Sport announced wild card entries for the team to Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-Sanremo. The two races form part of the UCI WorldTour and will see the first ever professional team from Africa race against the top 18 teams in the world.

“We’d like to thank RCS for this opportunity,” said team prinicipl Douglas Ryder. “It was a major goal for us this year to get into those two races as they are two of the most prestigious ones on the calender. Tirreno-Adriatico will offer some tough stage racing while Milan-Sanremo at almost 300km’s long will offer our riders a great learning opportunity in tough oneday classic conditions.”

Gerald Ciolek, who will captain the team, made public his desire to ride these races a few weeks ago. After the announcement he said, “I’ve been building the early part of my season around these two races. To have them confirmed for our team is great. People may have wondered why I signed for a Pro Continental team but I think everyone is starting to believe why this project is so special. I am looking forward to heading to Italy for these races.”

Racing WorldTour events is of paramount importance towards Team MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung’s goal of developing an African world champion and putting 1 million kids onto bicycles in Africa through Qhubeka. Tirreno-Adriatico takes place from 06.03.2013 – 12.03.13 while Milan-Sanremo happens on 17.03.13.

Qhubeka, what it’s all about:

Rapha Condor JLT in Australia
Press Release: The Jayco Herald Sun Tour turned out to be a tough challenge for the young riders of the Rapha Condor JLT team.

The four-day race which was held in January instead of October for the first time, saw some exceptionally high summer temperatures influence the racing.

On the first stage riders had to contend with 40 degree temperatures and high winds, a combination of elements that made the racing incredibly difficult from the off. Many of the big names in the race struggled on the testing stage between Sunbury and Bendigo. Kristian House, the team’s star performer at the Bay Series, was one such rider who had problems with the heat.

“Stage one was really hard. I was good in the Bay crits, but they were short enough that the heat didn’t really get to me. I normally race well in the hot conditions but this was crazy, we started two hours early to avoid the worst of it but we still had to have two fire trucks in the race convoy, just in case.”

While the riders preparing for the European season suffered, the action was dominated by young unheralded Australian riders, clearly already on top form for the busiest period on the Australian road calendar.

After the intensity of the first stage, the temperatures dropped a little over the final two stages, although the team’s tough luck continued with Aaron Buggle and Mike Cuming both hospitalized after heavy crashes on stage 2. Buggle came off worst in the accident, requiring an operation to re-attach the tendons in his elbow, as well as being left with severe cuts and bruising on his ribs and shoulder.

Despite the difficulties though the team still managed some spirited performances through Richard Handley and Ed Laverack. At just 18 and in his first ever senior stage race, Laverack performed well to finish the race in trying conditions. Handley, one of the team’s best performers in 2012, was particularly active on the final stage forming part of the day long break that was eventually reeled in on the climb of Arthurs seat.

Team manager John Herety commented, “There is a lot to take away from these first races. We’ve come in to a really intense period of the Australian racing calendar and the challenges have been pretty exceptional, but I’m really pleased with what the boys have shown me. We’ll take some time to recover now, and let the guys get over their injuries and then we’ll get the work underway over the next weeks on the camp.”

The team will now relocate from Melbourne to Bendigo to begin their six-week training camp in preparation for the 2013 season, where they will continue to race smaller regional events over the following weeks.

Rapha Condor promo:

Movistar Training in Mojбcar in Spain
The squad will travel to the coast of Almerнa after their official presentation on Friday to finetune their performance before the season debut

Press Release: Just over ten days before their first outing of the 2013 season, and after their official presentation in Madrid on Friday, Movistar Team fills its schedule with a trip to Mojбcar (Almerнa) for a 7-day training camp. The stay, which replaces the gathering the telephone squad was holding in early February for the last years, will have the Hotel Marina Playa in the Andalusian town as its headquarters.

From January 11 to 18, Movistar Team will take advantage from the route, sporting facilities and, most notably, the mild weather in the Almerнa coast to improve their fitness before their first competitions of the year. The training camp will also give the renewed Movistar Team board of coaches an opportunity to keep on the work started in November with the 25 riders directed by Eusebio Unzuй. Only seven of them, the ones taking part in the Tour Down Under, will be missing as they travel to South Australia just after the official presentation. The six men selected for the Tour de San Luis will actually be present before heading to Argentina on Thursday 17, a day before the camp concludes for their team-mates.

Movistar training in Mallorca:

Maes broke his left collarbone during training in Spain
Following a fall during Tuesday’s training session in Calpe (Spain), Nikolas Maes has suffered a fracture to his left collarbone.

“It all happened in a fraction of a second,” explained the unfortunate Belgian rider. “I was pedaling in the group with Boonen and Cavendish when suddenly my chain jumped the rails and I ended up on the ground. Right away I could tell something was wrong with my left shoulder. Unfortunately this kind of thing happens in our line of work. However, I’m going to try and think positive and I hope to get back in the saddle as soon as possible.”

On Tuesday afternoon Maes went back to Belgium where he had surgery performed on his left shoulder at the Herentals Clinic by the staff of Doctor Claes on Wednesday.

Maes will take a period of necessary rest following the surgery that went well. He will gradually start working with his bike again after this necessary recovery period.

Mark Cavendish will have to do without Maes for a little time:

The Trois Etapes 2013 To Be Broadcast on Channel 4 and British Eurosport
Highlights of the Trois Etapes 2013 will be broadcast on terrestrial and satellite TV.

Press Release: Next summer sees the return of sport’s toughest pro-am event: The Trois Etapes. The gruelling ride is back for its second year and this time, terrestrial and satellite viewers will be able to witness the thrill and challenge of the Alps. Teams of amateurs will battle it out under the leadership of pro riders and the television highlights package – to be broadcast on Channel 4 and British Eurosport – will show all the key action.

The event, which takes place 26th – 29th July 2013, will see 14 charity teams go head to head over four days of intense racing. Riders will have the opportunity to attack some of the most renowned Alpine stages of the Tour de France and experience the excitement of racing with the full support that a pro would have in a Grand Tour.

With punishing Team Time Trials on each of the four days – which include a flat prologue and three mountain stages – the event incentivises tactical riding as teams compete for prize funds which are donated to their selected charity. Operating as a unit, the seven amateurs and pro rider will have the support of a team car, Directeur Sportif and race radios throughout, but will ultimately need to rely on strategy and pure strength to tackle what for them will be the challenge of a lifetime.

Last year, the event raised $1.7 million for its charity partners, making it the largest pro-am charity cycling event of its kind and one of the greatest in sport. The extensive reach of the highlights in 2013 will ensure that each of the selected charities will gain significant exposure, promoting the important work that they do in a variety of different fields.

The 30-minute highlights package will also showcase the Trois Etapes pro-am format, giving viewers a unique opportunity to follow the stories of determination and goodwill from the amateur riders who have given up their time to train and take part, while committing to raise money for charity.

Former Tour-winner Carlos Sastre will be returning to the Maurienne valley for the event and will be joined by a host of leading pros. These familiar faces from the world of professional cycling will each head up the 14 charity teams, providing expert guidance. The coverage will provide a unique opportunity to compare performance data for the pro riders and amateurs taking part, analysing their efforts as they ride side-by-side through the challenging Alpine playground.

All charity team places have now been allocated for the 2013 edition of the event. This is testament to the fact that the Trois Etapes provides the ultimate pro-am experience.

Broadcast dates and times for the Channel 4 and British Eurosport programmes will be published at a later date.

The programme will be filmed and produced by Cyclevox.

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

Riders Raise Record-Breaking Ј260,493 During The London-Paris 2012
Press Release: Riders on The London-Paris 2012, the amateur cycling event that provides participants with a Grand Tour experience, raised a total of Ј260,493.82 for the event’s four official charities: DEBRA, UK Youth, The Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in partnership with Geoff Thomas (LLR).

The highest fundraiser, David Casterton, raised an astounding Ј35,258.61 for DEBRA. In recognition of his efforts, he will receive a free entry to The London-Paris 2013, a special year as HotChillee celebrates the event’s 10th anniversary. David Casterton will wear the Chazal Purple Fundraiser Jersey for the duration.

Louise Tait, Director of Fundraising and Communications, DEBRA, says: “DEBRA is thrilled with another successful fundraising year through The London-Paris. David Casterton of ICAP has been supporting DEBRA for many years and in this latest challenge he has raised an astonishing Ј35,258.61 to support those who live with the cruel and currently incurable Epidermolysis Bullosa. David has a specific interest in the Sohana Research Fund which is a DEBRA fund focussed on the exciting potential of special bone marrow cells, with a trial taking place at GOSH next year. Thank you David, from DEBRA and from the EB community.”

The London-Paris is a must-do cycling event and each year is the subject of a TV highlights programme broadcast on British Eurosport. Riders experience an unforgettable ‘Tour de France’ finish into Paris.. Cycling enthusiasts, professionals, legends and celebrities all cycle together in the seeded groups. With motorbike outriders, rolling road closures in France, lead vehicles and mechanical support, it is the closest the amateur gets to a professional cycling race and allows riders to train and complete the event for charity or for their own personal goals.

David Casterton, CEO of Global Broking, ICAP, says: “The London-Paris was a truly unforgettable experience and I cannot wait to do it again next year. It will be an honour to wear the Purple Jersey and I am incredibly pleased to have raised the funds for DEBRA. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a terrible condition. Hopefully one day very soon a cure will be found through the gene research being done.”

Sven Thiele, founder of HotChillee, says: “This year’s fundraising efforts are breath-taking and it makes us all very proud to be part of something that can raise funds to help some very worthy charities. CSR and fundraising lies at the heart of our organisation. Our cyclists, partners and sponsors have helped charities all over the world. We will continue to help the work of charities striving for a better world through all our events.”

Over the years both individuals and teams have raised a significant amount on HotChillee’s Global Events Series for many charities, including Schools for Children of Cambodia (SCC) – schooling and education for the disadvantaged; Morning Star for AIDs orphans in Africa; Christel House – schooling and education for the disadvantaged in South Africa; Geoff Thomas Foundation – Leukaemia research; DEBRA – helping people with genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa; UK Youth – helping young people achieve their potential; The Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust – raising funds to provide sports facilities at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Each year, during the Cape Rouleur, the newest addition to HotChillee’s Global Events Series, HotChillee also sponsors local and up and coming riders to do the event.

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