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The excitement for the Tour de France is building and as usual we have the National Championships this week-end to help us on our way. Not so much racing to report on during the week, but we still have a stuffed EuroTrash Thursday; Tour up-dates, team news, the Tour of Korea, a couple of new books, a new video from Velovie and…Well, get the coffee and read it all!

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Cancellara Swiss TT Champ (again)
Fabian Cancellara has won the National Time Trial Championships for the eighth time. On the 38,8 km course around Satigny (near Geneva) he bested Martin Elmiger and Reto Hollenstein (both IAM Cycling).

Cancellara took a slow start, coming in 7 seconds slower than Martin Elmiger at the first split time in Dardagny. But then ‘Spartacus’ turned on his big engine and steadily started catching back the IAM Cycling-rider. At the finish line, he posted a time of 50’35 – 59 seconds faster than Elmiger and 1:57 faster than Hollenstein. This is his 8th National TT title (2002, 2004-2008, 2012 and now 2013). He also won the Road Championships twice.

Team Manager Luca Guercilena, who was in the team car behind Cancellara: “Besides a recon ride of the lap, Fabian didn’t do an real warm-up. The temperature was over 36 degrees, so that was a deliberate strategy of ours. He started off a bit slower than Elmiger, to get the machine working, but then he picked up speed and really started going fast. He was sweating like a horse!”

Cancellara confirms: “It was really, really hard. The course was up and down the whole time and with these temperatures, it made for a tough ride. I still felt the Tour de Suisse in my legs, despite the good feelings on the bike yesterday. For me it was also a test to see where my shape is at. I’m certainly satisfied.”

This is Cancellara’s eighth title in the time trial: “It never gets boring to win your National Championships. For me it’s an honor to wear the jersey, so I really went for it!”
Thanks to the RadioShack Leopard team.


Swiss National TT Championships 2013 Result:
1. Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) in 50:35.3
2. Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) at 0:59.2
3. Reto Hollenstein (IAM Cycling) at 1:57.1.

Dutch National TT Championships 2013 Result:
1. Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) in 1:03:59.10
2. Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) at 0:04.51
3. Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) at 0:40.86.

Halle-Ingooigem 2013
An early break of twelve riders; Kevin De Weert, Pieter Serry & Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Gaetan Bille & Jurgen Van Den Walle (Lotto Belisol), William Clarke & Ramon Sinkeldam (Argos-Shimano), Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM), Sven Vandousselaere (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Paul Voss (Team Netapp-Endura), Laurent Evrard (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Jussi Veikkanen (FDJ). They broke away in the first 10 kilometres and at one point had a lead of nearly 6 minutes, it wasn’t enough and they were caught on the run-in and Kenny Dahaes (Lotto Belisol) outsprinted Luka Mezgec (Argos-Shimano) and French fast-man; Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ). Defending Belgian champion Tom Boonen didn’t finish, saving himself for Sunday?

Kenny Dehaes: “Each victory is nice of course, but this one especially because the start was given in Halle. I’m originally from Sint-Genesius-Rode, which is only a few kilometers away from Halle and that makes it special. My family and many supporters came to see me. On top of that it’s a great race to win. I could go my own chance and I beat some fast riders, so it can’t be better.”

“With Bille and Van de Walle in front we were relaxed in the peloton. When it was obvious that there would be a bunch sprint, we decided that we would go for the win with me. Tosh Van der Sande made sure there wasn’t any attack without one of us. Dirk Bellemakers and Sander Cordeel dropped me off at two kilometers from the end. There was a crash about four kilometers before the finish line, so the peloton was one long line. I installed myself in the wheel of the men from Argos-Shimano and was perfectly placed.”

Halle-Ingooigem Result:
1. Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol in 4:25:52
2. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Argos-Shimano
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
4. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M
5. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
6. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
7. Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp-Endura
8. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty
9. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10. Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post – Chainreaction.

Cuming wins Tour de Korea
After eight hard days of racing, Mike Cuming (Rapha Condor JLT) took the biggest win of his career last week, claiming the overall title at the Tour of Korea.

Cuming led the UCI 2.2 stage race from the sixth stage, where his bold attack on the road to Yangyang moved him from fifth to first overall.

Despite only holding a slender twelve second lead, and with only two teammates remaining going into the seventh stage, the men in black rode out of their skin to defend his yellow jersey.

Speaking after the finish a delighted Cuming said: “When I started this race right days ago I had no idea I’d end up taking the overall win. I went in knowing I had good form and never put any pressure on myself, but the right things kept happening.”

“The races in Asia are really hard to control, and I just kept trying for moves. I wasn’t the best climber in the race, but I was strong enough to be there and take advantage of the moves.”

Cuming was also full of praise for his Rapha Condor JLT teammates: “The team were unbelievable here, we came so close in the TTT and that really set up our overall challenge. That ride took me from eighth to fifth and from then on I just went for it.”

“Rich (Handley) was going so well, and the pressure that he put on the race in the first couple of days was what allowed me to be fresh and aggressive in the final. Then when I took the jersey he rode unbelievably strongly on stages seven and eight to protect me. The whole team did everything they could, and I’m glad that I could finish the job for them. It was a massive effort.”

It was 22 year-old Cuming’s first UCI stage race win, and marks a significant step up in his development, coming less than one year after he took the national U23 road title. He will now look to take his form forward as he returns to to the UK for the National Road Race Championships in Glasgow this weekend.
Thanks to the Rapha Condor JLT team for the race info.


Images: Cycling IQ (https://cyclingiq.com/).

Tour of Korea Final Overall Result:
1. Michael Cuming (GB) Rapha Condor JLT 25:34:29
2. Kinglok Cheung (HKg) Team Hong Kong, China 0:00:09
3. Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Christina Watches-Onfone 0:00:13
4. Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:01:13
5. Thomas Rabou (Ned) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team 0:01:28
6. Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:37
7. Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:02:21
8. Joonyong Seo (Kor) KSPO 0:02:43
9. Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 0:03:02
10. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka 0:03:04.

Tour de France News:

Team Saxo-Tinkoff announces line up for Tour de France
The Sports management and team owner Bjarne Riis have named the nine riders who will represent Team Saxo-Tinkoff in this year’s Tour de France.

The line up is:
Michael Rogers, Australia
Roman Kreuziger, Czech Republic
Nicolas Roche, Ireland
Matteo Tosatto, Italy
Daniele Bennati, Italy
Sergio Paulinho, Portugal
Alberto Contador, Spain
Jesus Hernandez, Spain
Benjamin Noval, Spain

Frenchman Philippe Mauduit, who will be leading Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s DS Group at the Tour de France, is confident that the lineup is perfectly fitted to the team’s overall objective of winning the race.

“We enter this year’s Tour de France with the objective to win the race with Alberto. So obviously we’ve tried to pick the riders that fits the best to our overall goal, and we’ve tried to identify and bring together the competencies needed in the team to give Alberto the best possible support and protection over the three weeks on both flat roads and hectic finals, the hilly terrain, the mountains and the TTT,” he says.

“We believe, we have come up with a really strong lineup, a great all round team with a lot of valuable Grand Tour experience. So we feel certain Team Saxo-Tinkoff will make a significant impact on the race, and we look very much forward to three exiting weeks in France,” Mauduit continues.

Team owner Bjarne Riis emphasizes the versatility of the lineup as a key to become successful in the French Grand Tour: “I think we have found a great mix of in form riders. We have a group of strong climbers in the team, we have riders designated to take care of Alberto on the flat roads and in the wind, and I’m sure we will perform well in the TTT as well. At the same time this team will allow us to ride aggressively or take a more controlling approach in all terrains depending on our needs. At the end of the day this versatility will be a key components in trying to win the race,” he says and points out that the competition to make the team has been fierce.

“This year, the race to be part of our Tour de France lineup has been tougher than in many years with more than the nine riders selected deserving a spot, and in our reserves group consisting of Nicki Sørensen, Chris Anker Sørensen and Michael Mørkøv, we have three highly competent and strong riders ready to step up if needed. Recently Matti Breschel has also shown great form. On a personal level it has been a tough decision for me to not have a Danish rider in the lineup. But we have committed ourselves to go with the group, we believe has the best composition to achieve our overall goal,” Bjarne Riis says.

No Danish riders though!

Andy Schleck to lead RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK at 2013 Tour de France
Press Release: RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK has finalized its team for the 100th Tour de France starting on June 29 in Corsica. Andy Schleck, 2010 champion, will lead the squad. Schleck will be supported by eight devoted and experienced riders.

The team line-up for the Tour de France (June 29 – July 21)
Jan Bakelants,
Laurent Didier,
Tony Gallopin,
Markel Irizar,
Andreas Klöden,
Maxime Monfort,
Andy Schleck,
Jens Voigt,
Haimar Zubeldia.
Directors: Kim Andersen & Alain Gallopin

For Andy Schleck it will be his return to la Grande Boucle. Due to a pelvis fracture in 2012, Andy was not able to start. Since then the three-time Tour podium finisher suffered greatly from his injury and struggled for many months before seeing the return of his form.

“We are happy to see that Andy is back,” declared Team General Manager Luca Guercilena. “Nobody in the Team ever had doubts about the talent of Andy. Little by little he has come back to the level where we expect him. The Tour de Suisse encouraged and convinced us to give him the role he deserves and to give him the opportunity to have dedicated riders surrounding and supporting him. Of course we don’t put pressure on our champion. After the last twelve months it would be unrealistic to expect a podium place. On the other hand, the lack of stress and pressure can be a positive stimulus to a brilliant performance.”

With Andreas Klöden and Haimar Zubeldia RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK has two other Tour de France specialists: Klöden has finished second overall twice and Zubeldia has finished four times in the top ten overall.

“You can consider Haimar as our second weapon,” continued Guercilena. “Haimar, 6th last year, is always consistent and delivers his best.”

The roster is a good balance between supportive riders for the leader and guys who are prepared to go in the breaks every day and chase stage wins.

“It was not an easy task to select these nine riders,” concluded Team General Manager Luca Guercilena. “Every professional rider wants to ride the Tour and we had more than nine riders in good shape, ready to tackle this 100th Tour de France. It was, for instance, a hard decision not to select champions like Gregory Rast and Stijn Devolder, but we made the choice in good conscience, taking into account the goals we want to reach in this Tour.”

Bauke Mollema Blanco leader in Tour de France
The Blanco Pro Cycling Team has completed the selection for the one hundredth Tour de France. Bauke Mollema is the definitive lead man. The Dutchman will strive with his teammates for a good classification. A stage win is another primary goal for the team.

“We have geared our team around Bauke”, stated Sports Director Nico Verhoeven. “We are looking to score a good classification with him. We are aiming for the top ten but in fact we’re simply trying for the maximum achievable. We could say that we’d like Bauke to finish fourth, but if he then finishes fourth when second was within grasp, I’d say we’d be less satisfied. But if it turns out that he is seventh and that is the best result we could have expected, then we’d be happy with that.”

Verhoeven saw in the run-up to the Tour a promising Mollema. “In the Tour of Switzerland, Bauke showed that he was ready in the way he rode and led the team. On top of a good GC, we would like to take a stage win.

Mollema will be supported in France by his teammates Lars Boom, Laurens ten Dam, Robert Gesink, Tom Leezer, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Bram Tankink, Sep Vanmarcke en Maarten Wynants. Verhoeven: “Robert will have a relatively open role, but will be expected to take care of Bauke in the high mountain stages together with Laurens. Nordhaug and Boom are dangerous stage pirates but also understand what it means to be a domestique. Bram is our road captain and Maarten is a all-rounder who has proven his worth in the big tours. Sep and Tom formed a good team with Bauke in the Tour de Suisse and kept him out of trouble in the run-up to the mountains.”
Thanks to Blanco.

The Tour de France starts Saturday, 29 June.

Team line-up:
Lars Boom,
Laurens ten Dam,
Robert Gesink,
Tom Leezer,
Bauke Mollema,
Lars Petter Nordhaug,
Bram Tankink,
Sep Vanmarcke,
Maarten Wynants.
Sport Directors: Frans Maassen, Nico Verhoeven, & Merijn Zeeman.

Team Sky for the Tour
Press Release: Team Sky has selected its line-up for the 100th edition of the Tour de France, which starts in Corsica on Saturday 29 June.

The team is drawn from five different nations and leader Chris Froome is one of four British riders in the line-up.

Eight of the team were together at the Criterium du Dauphine, where Froome came first and Richie Porte second, with Kanstantin Siutsou joining that line-up for the Tour de France challenge.

The full Team Sky line-up for the 2013 Tour de France will be:

Chris Froome, Britain – age 28

He heads into the Tour as team leader, with a string of stage-race wins in 2013 at the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine. Previously on the podium in two Grand Tours; last year’s Tour de France and the 2011 Vuelta a Espana.

Richie Porte, Australia – age 28

An integral part of Teams Sky’s successful Tour de France team in 2012, he is currently in his most impressive season to date. The Tasmanian climber captured his biggest win to date at Paris-Nice in February and was second at both Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Criterium du Dauphine.

Edvald Boasson Hagen, Norway – age 26

The Norwegian all-rounder has lined-up at each of Team Sky’s three Tour de France appearances – the only ever-present – winning two stages, including the team’s first Tour stage win in 2011. He can contest sprints and turn into a powerful climbing domestique.

Peter Kennaugh MBE, Great Britain – age 24

He makes his Tour de France debut this year after impressing at the Tour du Dauphine joining. Born on the Isle of Man, he won Olympic Gold for Britain in the team pursuit at London 2012, alongside team-mate Geraint Thomas.

Vasil Kiryienka, Belarus – age 31

New to Team Sky this year, the Belarusian has gained wide recognition for tireless stints on the front of the peloton and is a key asset on the climbs. He will mark his 32nd birthday on the eve of this year’s Grand Depart in Corsica.

David López, Spain – age 32

Joined Team Sky this season and has played a key part in Chris Froome’s victories at the Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine. This will be his third Tour de France but his first in Team Sky colours. He brings invaluable experience and a relaxed demeanour.

Kanstantsin Siutsou, Belarus – age 30

One of two Belarusians in the line-up, he brings both power and climbing prowess in equal measure. ‘Kosta’ has made four previous appearances in the Tour de France but his last, in 2012, ended early after he broke his leg in a first-week crash.

Ian Stannard, Great Britain – age 26

A second rider making his Tour debut, the 2012 British national road champion has earned legions of fans due to his unwavering work ethic and dedication to the cause. One of the most powerful men in the peloton, Stannard is a huge asset over three weeks.

Geraint Thomas MBE, Great Britain – age 27

After making his Tour debut in 2007 he wore the white jersey for Team Sky during both 2010 and 2011. The Welsh-born rider has won two Olympic Golds in the team pursuit, in Beijing and London, and returns to the Tour after a year spent focused on the track.

Confirming the final selection for the Tour de France team, Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “Making the final selection of riders has been especially tough this year but we believe that we’ve found the right combination for the Tour de France. We have a group of nine riders that are all in great form and ready for the challenge ahead.

“The Tour de France has been the main goal for Chris this season and he goes into the race in great shape. With four stage-race wins this year Chris has not only grown as a rider but also importantly as a leader.

“Around him are eight quality riders who have each earned their place in the team. They will add the climbing ability and the engines to provide the perfect support for Chris, especially in the crucial mountain stages.

“We’ve seen what this group are capable of at the Dauphine and all have raced with Chris successfully at some stage this year.

“We have got a very strong squad for the Tour and we’re all looking forward to getting underway.”

Team leader Chris Froome said: “I’m delighted with the balance in this team and every one of these riders is going to play a pivotal role once the racing begins. Most of us were at the Criterium du Dauphine and I was hugely impressed there with the way the team came together in control of the leader’s jersey. It gave me huge faith and I could not be happier with the selection.

“Ian, Vasil and Kosta each possess huge engines that you can’t go into a Tour without. They will be controlling things on the front for long periods of the race and pacing me once the climbing begins. Geraint, David and Pete will then take up the reins. Those guys have really improved their climbing abilities and will be a massive help when the pace really ramps up in the mountains.

“In Richie we simply have one of the strongest climbers in the world. He is another rider who’s more than capable of winning a Grand Tour in his own right. Having him in our ranks gives us a number of different options to play. The same applies with Edvald – he is flying after his victories in Norway and the Dauphine, and he has already proved he can win stages at the Tour.

“We’re ready, excited and can’t wait to get going.”
Sky 2013 Tour de France620

Vacansoleil-DCM Tour Riders
Press Release: For its participation in the 100th Tour de France Vacansoleil-DCM has entered a well-balanced team which should be able to battle on all terrains. With three fast men, three born attackers and three riders who are at ease in the mountains, manager Daan Luijkx and acting Sports Directors Hilaire Van Der Schueren, Jean-Paul van Poppel and Aart Vierhouten hope to be at the front of the race for the full three weeks. Vacansoleil-DCM presented their team this morning in the cycling municipality of Rucphen – Sint Willebrord, hometown of not less than four former yellow jersey wearers.

The Dutch contingent of the Vacansoleil-DCM team consists of Wout Poels, Johnny Hoogerland, Lieuwe Westra and the van Poppel brothers, Boy and Danny. Thomas De Gendt and Kris Boeckmans are the strong Belgians on the team which is completed by former stage winner Juan Antonio Flecha and Sergey Lagutin. The Spaniard will start his tenth Tour de France on the beautiful island of Corsica. The Dutch brothers and multiple Uzbek national champion are making their debut.

We’re expecting that these nine selected riders will do justice by the characteristic that Vacansoleil-DCM is best known for: the Dutch World Tour-team has always been about a surprising, passionate and attractive style of racing. That is exactly how the squad hopes to pick up a stage win in France’s national tour. This does not mean that they’ll be forgetting all about the GC. Wout Poels has found his habitual level after his serious crash in last year’s Tour and has already been rubbing shoulders with the world’s top riders. His third place finish in the 2012 Giro d’Italia was definitely proof of the fact that Thomas De Gendt has what it takes to make an excellent GC contender.

“Danny van Poppel making the team is probably the biggest surprise for outsiders”, tells Aart Vierhouten. “I’ve worked with him for three years when I was responsible for the national team, first as a junior, then in the U-23 category. I have witnessed every time that when he rises through the ranks it does not affect him much at all. And that has proven to be the case now that he’s joined the pros where he has already made it up to the podium quite a few times. Nineteen is young, but luckily that is not a problem in the Tour today. The young kids they are able to connect, where this was impossible ten years ago.”

Danny is a kid who needs new challenges all the time, but without the pressure. Talent needs to be stimulated. We believe that this is a logical step in his career. He recently competed in the Tours of Belgium and Luxemburg and showed everyone that his form is excellent, so that gave him an edge. So far he has only 34 racing days for the year, so we don’t think that we’re putting him to the sword, but of course we will monitor him closely, together with our medical staff. And the Tour will be an awesome experience for him, and very valuable for his future as a cyclist.”

Team Vacansoleil-DCM: Kris Boeckmans (26), Juan Antonio Flecha (35), Thomas De Gendt (26), Johnny Hoogerland (30), Sergey Lagutin (32), Wout Poels (25), Boy van Poppel (19), Danny van Poppel (25), Lieuwe Westra (30).

Peter Sagan Leads Cannondale
The Cannondale team will be working to retain Peter Sagan’s green point’s jersey from last year’s Tour de France and a couple of stage wins would probably suit the Slovak too. He will also be aiming at taking the yellow jersey in the opening Corsican stages. The team is not a one trick pony as it also has Italian Moreno Moser and American Ted King; both could pick up stage wins.

The Cannondale team for the Tour de France:
Peter Sagan (Svk),
Maciej Bodnar (Pol),
Kristijan Koren (Slo),
Alessandro De Marchi (Ita),
Alan Marangoni (Ita),
Fabio Sabatini (Ita),
Moreno Moser (Ita),
Ted King (USA),
Brian Vandborg (Den).

The ORICA-GreenEDGE Tour de France Nine
Press Release: ORICA-GreenEDGE has named its nine man Tour de France squad. The line-up includes six riders who raced the Australian outfit’s inaugural Grand Boucle alongside three riders making their Tour de France debut.

“The team objective this year is to win a stage at the Tour de France,” said Sport Director Matt White. “That’s our main goal. We’re bringing a more diverse team this year to give us a few more options for intermediate stages and days in the medium mountains. The sprint stages remain a big focus, and we bring a dedicated sprint train to support Matt Goss on the flatter days.”

The nine riders who will head to Corsica for the 100th Grand Départ are:
Stuart O’Grady,
Matt Goss,
Daryl Impey,
Brett Lancaster,
Svein Tuft,
Simon Gerrans,
Michael Albasini,
Simon Clarke,
Cameron Meyer.

Lotto Belisol Tour Team
Press Release: Saturday 29th of June it’s finally time, then the 100th Tour de France will start on Corsica! Lotto Belisol rounded up its selection of nine riders. André Greipel and Jurgen Van den Broeck are the backbone of the team. Van den Broeck has prepared himself for months to his big goal. He went on training camp to the Sierra Nevada several times and did a recon of the stages in Corsica, the Alps, the Pyrenees and the time trials. Last year he became fourth for the second time. In the mountains he will be assisted by among others Bart De Clercq, who makes his début. André Greipel is the second leader of the team. In 2012 he won three times. A stage win is again the goal, the German can rely on the best sprint train. Manager Marc Segeant comments on the selection.

Manager Marc Sergeant: “Our nine riders are ready for it. From Bak to Willems it are all guys in whom we have confidence that they will perform their task very well for three weeks and they’ll represent Lotto Belisol in the best way possible. All riders that have the necessary experience to mingle themselves in the bustle of three weeks Tour de France.”

“Considering that our core is almost identical to that of last year also our Tour selection doesn’t differ much from previous edition. André Greipel and Jurgen Van den Broeck are still our main leaders. Last year the team has proved it is possible to pursue two goals. André of course has his train to support him: Greg Henderson, Jürgen Roelandts and Marcel Sieberg. The past few months we worked on the automatisms, with a number of victories as a result, but at the start of the Tour all fast guys begin as equals. The competition is big in the last straight line will be big, but of course our goal is to lead André to a stage win.”

“Jurgen Van den Broeck only has brought some small changes to his Tour preparation; The Tour de Romandie instead of the Walloon Classics, an extra week of rest after the Volta a Cataluña, Vuelta al País Vasco and the Tour de Romandie, but for the rest it was a passionate and meticulous drawn preparation just like the previous years. We know the cause of the two difficult days in the Dauphiné, but I think it was clear immediately that this hasn’t affected his focus and goal. It’s still his ultimate goal to make a bid for the Tour podium, but there aren’t few candidates for a place in top ten. For our country it’s a unique fact to have a rider who can have those kind of ambitions.”

“Jurgen will be able to rely on the support of among other Bart De Clercq, who makes his début, and Fredrik Willems. It’s still only the third season as a pro for Bart and he’s developing year after year as a rider who …. Mountainous terrain. Frederik Willems had a difficult year in 2012 but showed the past few months that’s he’s back. Guys like Lars Bak and Adam Hansen are invaluable, as well for André as for Jurgen, and perform much invisible work.”

“The 100th edition of the Tour will be even more special than another Tour. Tour organization ASO has drawn a beautiful, varied but selective course with the start in Corsica, the team time trial, two not too big nice time trials, the visits to France’s biggest cities, the finish on the Mont Ventoux, the double passage on Alpe d’Huez and the final stage from Versailles to Paris. I hope we will succeed to pursue our ambitions with the team spirit that is characteristic for Lotto Belisol as well on the bike as next to it, with riders and staff.”

Selection Lotto Belisol: Lars Bak, Bart De Clercq, André Greipel, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Jürgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg, Jurgen Van den Broeck and Frederik Willems.

Sports directors: Mario Aerts, Herman Frison and Marc Wauters.

Louis Garneau to Race Elites Canadian Road Championships
Garneau, member of the 1984 Olympic Team and owner of Louis Garneau Sports, to race with the Elites.

Press Release: The peloton just got stronger. Louis Garneau, Olympian and businessman, will be on the start line of the pro road race at the 2013 Canadian Championships.

Garneau, 54 years old, is registered to be riding the grueling 187km race beside his own cycling team, Garneau-Quebecor Cycling Team, with among them many riders who will be motivated to beat their boss at the finish line.

“I’ve always dreamed of being pro, but in my time, going the Olympics meant we had to remain amateur. That’s why on Saturday, I’ll be fulfilling my dream of competing as a pro, and what’s more, I’ll be doing it as the oldest pro on the planet, according to the UCI!,” said Louis Garneau. “As well as realizing my dream, I’m also happy to do this race to support my team. My game plan is to race for 60 minutes, then I’ll go see the finish, just for the fun of it!”

Garneau makes a very brief return on the competitive cycling scene. Tuesday night, Garneau raced the Mardis Cyclistes de Lachine and has a message to send: cycling has many health benefits, for all age groups.

Cycling Canada wishes best of luck to Louis Garneau in the Canadian Championships race.

Lotto Belisol: Jürgen Roelandts and Jens Debusschere Extend Contracts for two more years!
Press Release: After we already informed you that André Greipel and Marcel Sieberg have extended their contracts, we can now announce that Jürgen Roelandts and Jens Debusschere have also signed for two more years. Jürgen Roelandts has ridden at this team ever since he was a pro and is our trump card for the Flemish classics. Last year he missed his favourite races after a crash in the Tour Down Under, but the team kept believing in its leader; this year Roelandts became third in the Tour of Flanders after a very strong and exciting final. He also gave the team a victory in the Tour Méditerranéen. The almost 28-year-old rider is also an important link in Greipel’s sprint train.

Jens Debusschere is also a member of the team since his first year as a pro: 2011. When he was a junior he won the Tour of Flanders 2007. This season, for example in Ghent-Wevelgem, he showed that he will be able to play his role at the pros as well. Debusschere can also position himself in a sprint. This year he became fourth in a bunch sprint in the first stage of Paris-Nice.

Manager Marc Sergeant: “After the extended stay of André Greipel – and the running contract of Jurgen Van den Broeck – we hold on to another key figure. It’s the sixth season of Jürgen in our team and he still can make progress. Next to that he’s also an exponent of our vision and an example for our young riders. As a 23-year-old rider he arrived at the team, he got the chance to develop himself and as a leader he’s an important part of our team. In the first part of the season the team stands behind him as one, he has an important role in the sprint train and also in the final part of the season we can rely on him. Also when Jürgen had a difficult time because of bad luck we have always kept believing in his qualities.”

“The new commitment with Jens Debusschere is a logical choice as well. He still has to become 24 and he can help the team in different domains. This season he showed in Ghent-Wevelgem and other races that in the future he might play a prominent role in the classics. Also in the races where he can take his own chance, like Dwars door Vlaanderen this year, we count on him. And he isn’t slow at the finish; especially when there is a finish with a small group he has opportunities.”

Jürgen Roelandts: “It’s important to me that, at Lotto Belisol, I can take my chance in the classics. My focus stays on the Flemish spring races for the next few years. Last year I was out for four months and I missed the first part of the season, but the team immediately gave me confidence when I returned in competition and selected me for the Tour de France. On top of all that we have an excellent sprint train. There are hardly any other teams that can ride such a strong two to three final kilometers. Of course that motivates us, especially for the upcoming Tour. It’s a nice group here at Lotto Belisol, we have fun. Because I’m already riding here for several years I also have bonded with the whole staff and if you’re feeling good in a group, you’ll perform better.”

Jens Debusschere: “Ever since the first year the team has believed in me. There is appreciation from both sides. I have never thought about riding elsewhere. I feel good at Lotto Belisol and the team offers me a lot of opportunities. I get the chance to search my way; I can participate in the classics as well as getting a go in the sprint. It’s good that I can try everything. That’s what I need.”

Rolland can Return
Europcar’s Pierre Rolland has been cleared to resume racing by the French Cycling Federation after his low level of cortisol was discovered at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné. He was suspended for eight days. Normally a low cortisol count can be attributed to either cortisone use or fatigue. Cortisone can be used by riders, if a Therapeutic Use Exemption has been issued, for legitimate medical reasons like an injury. In Rolland’s case an Achilles tendon injury was his reason for cortisone use, the problem is that team’s who have signed up to the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) are meant to rest riders who are using cortisone, but Rolland started the final stage of the Dauphin´s with a low cortisol level. The French federation tested Rolland again and he is now free to start the French National championships this weekend and the Tour de France next week.

Hannah Grant’s Grand Tour Cookbook now available!
Press Release: Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s head chef, Hannah Grant’s long-awaited cookbook was presented in Copenhagen and to mark the publication of “The Grand Tour Cookbook” we did the following interview with her. The Danish version of the book can be purchased in the team webshop now for 350 kroner. The English version of the book will be out later.

Why do you release cookbook?
“I’m now on my third season with the team and I share my food updates on both twitter and facebook, and it has created a huge demand for recipes, how I work, what the riders like and what they eat before, during and after racing. The demand has culminated in bringing together all the delicious cuisine, beautiful pictures and important information in an integrated cookbook that can be purchased now. There are no secrets – it’s just real food. ”

How is the book structured?
“Bjarne welcomes you and tells you about the background behind this conceptman. Then you can look forward to an intro from the chef where you can read about what is important to me in the kitchen and before long, we meet Anne Dorthe (Tanderup), who introduces you to our performance cooking concept. You are also introduced to my general working principles and the good old list of equipment that is handy to have nearby in the kitchen. The book is based on the Tour de France 2012 and is divided into 21 stages and 2 rest days with 4-5 dishes each day two salads / vegetables dishes and two protein-based dishes. The idea is that you can decide what to eat (potatoes, beans, whole grain pasta, rice and so on). Mostly, We focus on protein, vegetables and fat. Sometimes you can find delicious desserts, for when something needs to be celebrated. ”

“Afterwards you can read about what it takes to boost your energy level during the race and after the race. The idea is that you obviously do not have to do all the dishes every day, but adapt the dishes to his own training program. You switch around the length and breadth and use of seasonal ingredients, so you constantly vary the basic recipes. Thereby, you can enjoy the book for many years. ”

What is a good breakfast, good snacks and solid dinner?
“Breakfast: It is important to eat right before going out on a long stage (or working for the sake). Therefore, there is always porridge on the table. It is an excellent base for a good workout. It must be combined with the protein, and therefore there are always eggs on the table. AS we take great pride in the good fats, we serve avocado and smoothie with a cold pressed oil blend in. Everything is of course made from scratch – there’s nothing that beats homemade bread with homemade nutella “!

“Snacking: On the bike, it’s is very important to eat regularly, so we bake different cakes and make soft rice bars to the riders as they can get on the bike. They give good energy when you need it. Of course, there are other things than cake, so there will be made small, simple sandwiches, which they can top it off with.

“The evening meal should consist of a good source of protein, lovely cooked fish or bird. You need to carb-load so there are always two types of starch, where are gluten free. Every night you’ll find lots of lovely vegetables, raw and cooked and a good cold pressed oil dressing. What really matters is that it should taste good and look beautiful and inviting, so the riders feel like eating every day after the stages. ”

What are the principles, what is your philosophy?
“Good food starts with good ingredients and a respect for cooking. The first step in eating is the visual part. It is so important that the food looks delicious with rich colours and inviting dishes that are just waiting to be eaten. Green vegetables just taste better when they are still green and uncooked instead of brown and soft. We work on varying as much as possible and customize the menus so that everyone feels like eating. We take great pride in being able to choose a gluten-free, nut-free lactose free diet and to make it easy to be low carb. Therefore, you will not find 100 pasta recipes in this book. ”

Who is the book for – only cyclists?
“The book is intended for anyone who would like to stay healthy with good taste and variety. You can be a top rider, triathlete, runner or just fond of good tasty food with the side effect that you are going to optimize your health. The recipes are easy to follow and no one says you have to eat the same quantity as a professional cyclist”!

Where can it be bought?
“In our own webshop, as well as in all bookstores around the country.”

Are there plans to publish it in English?
“Yes, there are plans for an English version as soon as possible, and I’ll keep the world updated via twitter (@ dailystews).”

Which dish is your own favourite?
“But I like it all! But if I absolutely MUST choose ONE dish, then it should probably be the long-term fried pork with white beans and new onions. It’s really good and the extra cool thing about it is that you have food for many days or people in one dish. ”

Have you planned all meals in advance during the Tour de France, or do you come up with new ideas every day?
“I make the menu every day customized to weather, stage of the day and the day after and of course if we have something to celebrate. And then of course, the menu is based on the raw ingredients in the local area. ”

Who makes the food in your house?
“Yes, we’re two chefs under one roof – but if we have guests, I mostly do the cooking. But I must admit that I also enjoy some time off cooking once in a while. ”

We Won’t Back Down. On The Road With Orica-GreenEdge
The story of Australia’s first professional cycling team told through the images of the photographers that have followed the team since launch.

“Some things are worth waiting for. In this book you can find out how it all came about, so I’m just going to say that it has been a very special and extremely rewarding journey to be part of. Thank you for sharing the great moments with us.” Shayne Bannan, General Manager.

With major wins in the bag from its first year of racing, Orica-GreenEDGE, Australia’s first professional men and women’s international road cycling team, has already made its mark at the highest levels of international competition. This is the story of the team’s maiden season, as told through the images of the photographers who have followed the team since its launch, with words from Rupert Guinness, Australia’s foremost cycling journalist. Taking readers into the heart of the team, this behind-the-scenes portrait records the highs and lows of the inaugural year, the very special team personality, and the races won and lost. Big, beautiful and revealing, or We Won’t Back Down is a book for every Australian cycling fan.

Words by Rupert Guinness.
Photographs by Graham Watson, Bart Hazen and Dan Jones.
Hard Cover
208 Pages
First Published in Australia by Allen and Unwin in 2013
RRP: $39.99 + postage & handling

Behind the Scenes at the Tour du Luxembourg
Here is a great little video from Paul Mathot at the 2.55 kilometre prologue of this year’s Tour du Luxembourg. Before the start, from the team car and from the road side; up close and personal:

Prologue TDL from Haristobald on Vimeo.

Tour Time Baby!
Not long to wait now, what more can I say:

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