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Today in EuroTrash Thursday we have racing from the US and Spain, the Tour’s of Utah and Burgos are at “Full Gas” and have the low-down. Lots of other news and we preview the Tour de l’Ain plus the teams are getting revved up for the Vuelta a España. Settle back with a big Thursday coffee.

TOP STORY: Tyler Hamilton Talks Tour ‘13
In the opinion of self admitted doper; Tyler Hamilton, Chris Froome won this year’s Tour de France as a clean rider and I think we would all want to agree with him on that point. In a telephone interview with The Times newspaper of South Africa, the American ex-Pro said; “There’s no reason to believe they’re doping. I think [in Froome] we have a true Tour de France winner.”

Hamilton will be in South Africa later this month to take part in the Discovery Vitality Summit in Johannesburg and also take part in a charity ride to the Cradle of Humankind. But that was not the point he was making to the newspaper as he will also be in South Africa to talk about doping. He said: “There are still a lot of people with [doping] skeletons in the closet and it might be easier for them to talk if there wasn’t a threat of lifetime bans, otherwise, it will all happen again in five, 10 or 15 years’ time.”

Talking from his home in Misoula, Montana, Hamilton said he thought it would be better for the sport if a truth and reconciliation commission type of approach was taken instead of the life ban.

That’s all well and good, but haven’t all the US guys who were doping along with Armstrong admitted their guilt and been given (and served) their bans. And all the other riders who were racing at that time have been found out, have had to admit their doping and most have all retired anyway (class of ’98). So have we not had a form of truth and reconciliation? OK truth anyway and it’s those riders who will have to reconcile their own consciences.

Sarran, 16e etappe Tour de France 25-7-2001 Tyler Hamilton en La

Tour of Utah 2013
With a move reminiscent of teammate Taylor Phinney at the Tour de Pologne last week, BMC Racing Team’s Greg Van Avermaet put in a vicious attack in the final kilometre of Stage 1 and held off the charging peloton to win Tuesday’s opening stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Van Avermaet had a small gap rounding the final corner – 600 meters from the finish of the 180-kilometer race – and held it all the way to the line to take the victory, the race lead and the XO Communications sprint leader’s jersey. “I saw the finish yesterday and it wasn’t such a great finish for me because it was downhill,” Van Avermaet said. “I thought guys like (Michael) Matthews could beat me. So I tried to do it differently and went in the last kilometre. It was already hard and I attacked. I came into the last corner with a gap and then I was just pedalling to finish and hoping they wouldn’t come over. I’m happy that I won.” Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) finished second and Ty Magner (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) was third. Van Avermaet’s win was his fourth of the season, adding to a pair of stage wins and the overall title at the Tour de Wallonie last month. It also continued a string of wins by the BMC Racing Team – 10 in the past six weeks and 20 for the season overall.

Van Avermaet said his winning move was planned – and inspired by Phinney’s solo attack in Poland that was from much farther out but equally as successful. “You can have the plan, but sometimes it’s hard to work out,” Van Avermaet said. “But the team was riding well on the circuits and it worked out in the last kilometre.” Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said Van Avermaet executed the day’s plan to perfection. “We knew if there was a lull in the speed where he could get away, Greg can always hold an amazing amount of power for at least 800 meters,” he said. “Basically, he sniffed it out and that’s what he decided to do in the end.” Van Avermaet earned a 10-second time bonus for the win and leads Matthews and Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) by four seconds. But with 3,010 meters of climbing ahead in Wednesday’s 210-km stage, his time in the yellow jersey might be limited. “It’s going to be hard for me to take the GC (general classification),” Van Avermaet said. “We have a couple of good guys like Steve Cummings and Yannick Eijssen, who are going really good uphill. It’s always good, though, to start a stage race with a victory. Hopefully, we can get some other ones.”
Thanks to Sean Weide at BMC.

Tour of Utah Stage 1 Result:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC in 4:11:00
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
3. Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
4. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
6. Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development
7. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team
8. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
9. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
10. Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 1:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC in 4:10:50
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:04
3. Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
4. Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development at 0:06
5. Max Jenkins (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda at 0:09
6. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard Trek
7. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:10
8. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
9. Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development
10. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team.

Stage 1 final K:

Five times second this year, Michael Matthews finally took to the top step of the podium on Wednesday’s Stage 2 in Torrey. The lumpy day came down to a reduced bunch sprint, and Matthews handily outkicked the competition on the second stage of the Tour of Utah. Bonus seconds at the finish would have had Matthews tied on time with overnight race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) were it not for a single second he snagged at the second intermediate sprint. The second proved the tie-breaker and put Matthews in the yellow jersey.

“I’ve had a few opportunities this year that I haven’t quite pulled off the way I would have wanted,” said Matthews. “It seemed like I always getting second. It’s really nice to get my first win for the team, especially when everyone worked so hard for me all day. To take the yellow jersey and the sprint jersey at the same time as my first win this year is really special.”

The paper profile suggested that a select group of overall contenders would battle for the stage win. The race travelled through Bryce Canyon National Park and along the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, covering four categorised climbs in the process. “The profile looked a bit harder than it actually was,” explained Matthews. “I think everyone went into the day a little scared from the categorised climbs, but the climbs weren’t that difficult in the end. We went into the stage with an open mind without putting any pressure on anyone.”

“We expected today to go one of three ways,” added Sport Director Matt Wilson. “A breakaway could go and the peloton would let them stay away, the guys racing the general classification could try to damage on the last climb or, if BMC wanted to keep the jersey, they would ride the front and keep the race together for a sprint.”

Michael Hepburn accidentally found himself up the road late in the first hour of racing. Having pushed the pace on the descent off the first KOM, Hepburn opened up a gap with Martin Wesemann (MTN-Qhubeka) shortly ahead of the 40km mark.

“It was not our job to take any responsibility for the day,” said Wilson. “As it was, we got Hepburn in a little break. It wasn’t a break we wanted, but he ended up out there anyway with one other rider. It ultimately worked out for us because we definitely didn’t have any responsibility with a rider up the road.”

Hepburn and Wesemann stretched their lead out to 8’40 before the BMC-led peloton began to chase in earnest. The duo’s lead tumbled over the Hogsback. They had 1’40 in hand as they reached the category one Boulder Mountain. Hepburn sat up while Wesemann evaded catch until mid-way up the final climb.

Andzs Flaksis (Bontrager) jumped away from the field before the summit of Boulder Mountain and maintained a slight advantage at the final KOM line. The peloton split in his wake with a front group of around ten riders attempting to bridge across. The race came back together on the approach to Torrey, and Flaksis’ advantage fell to 10” with 10km left to race. Five kilometres from the finish, Flaksis was back in the bunch.

“It was really difficult run in,” said Wilson. “There weren’t a lot of other sprint trains to take control, so it was pretty much all on us at that point. BMC was spent from chasing all day.”
“Everyone was attacking,” Wilson continued. “One of our guys would go to the front and take a massive pull to bring the race back together, and then another guy would attack hard, and we’d have to do it all over again. Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Sharp) made the last significant move. Sam Bewley did a big turn to bring Zabriskie back inside the last kilometre.”

“The team did a perfect job to set me up,” said Matthews. “I didn’t have to touch the wind or many any more effort than absolutely necessary until it was time to sprint. I wouldn’t have won the stage without all their work.”

“I felt a lot better today than yesterday,” Matthews added. “I stayed at Brian Head for two weeks before the race started, so I adjusted to the time change and altitude before the race started. The team had a lot of confidence in me going into this tour, and they played all their cards for me again.”

After having fully committed to the win yesterday and coming off with second, Wilson was particularly pleased to direct the team to victory today. “It was an exact repeat of what happened yesterday – but in reverse,” said Wilson. “Yesterday, we did all the work and BMC capitalized off it. Today, BMC did all the work, and we capitalized on it. It’s a just reward for the way we’ve ridden these last two days.”

Although thrilled to pull on the yellow jersey today, Matthews does not expect to keep it. Mount Nebo, the major obstacle on stage three, is expected to prove far more decisive than Boulder Mountain and should force the overall contenders to begin to play their cards. “I think tomorrow will be a ‘rest day’ for us,” said Matthews, with a smile. “We’ll probably back it off on stage three and then ramp things up again for the crit in Salt Lake City on Friday.”

BMC Racing Team’s Greg Van Avermaet was runner-up, but slipped out of the overall lead after stage winner Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) earned a one-second time bonus during the race. One day after holding off Matthews for the win, Van Avermaet could not come around the Australian in the gradual uphill bunch sprint that capped the 210.3-kilometer race. “I think I was in good position, but with 300 or 400 meters to go, the guys from Bontrager came with Jasper Stuyven and then I was a little bit blocked in,” Van Avermaet said. “Matthews started his sprint before me, at maybe 150 or 200 to go. I feel that I can go maybe a little bit faster, but I was too late and the finish was there.” Matthews finished third at the day’s second sprint line, earning the time bonus that moved him one-second ahead of Van Avermaet. Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare) is third overall, 11 seconds back. Van Avermaet said losing the lead was not a huge disappointment. “The overall is not a goal for me and it’s also better to save the team a little bit for the other stages so we can attack more and try to do something,” he said. Van Avermaet’s runner-up finish was his 18th top 10 result of the season.

The BMC Racing Team covered several attacks in the first hour of racing before letting two riders slip up the road. For the next 100 kilometres, the BMC Racing Team kept the breakaway within striking distance while rotating four riders on the front. That made the race all the more difficult, Julien Taramarcaz said. “At the beginning of the mountains, RadioShack was coming with a couple of guys to help us, but already there were only 50 kilometres to go, so we had a pretty hard day,” he said. “We got Greg on the front, but it was not an easy sprint for us because it was a long, straight line and maybe not the best for Greg. But he was still runner-up, so it was not such a bad day for us.” BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said being one-second out of the lead does have its benefits. “It’s nice we don’t have to control the race anymore,” he said. “But for sure, stage wins are still our No. 1 goal. We’ll see how the general classification starts to play out on Thursday, especially with the climb to Mt. Nebo.”

Tour of Utah Stage 2 Result:
1. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge in 5:17:56
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
3. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team
4. Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
5. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
6. Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
7. Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
8. Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling
9. Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
10. Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 2:
1. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge in 9:28:39
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:01
3. Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling at 0:11
4. Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development at 0:13
5. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team
6. Max Jenkins (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda at 0:16
7. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard Trek
8. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:00:17
9. Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
10. Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling.

Stage 2:

Vuelta a Burgos 2013
Astana’s Simone Ponzi won Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Brugos on a 139 kilometre loop with an uphill finish to the Castillo de Burgos. His team leader Vincenzo Nibali put the pressure on in the last kilometres which set Ponzi up perfectly for a battle with Daniele Ratto of Cannondale for the win. Earlier in the stage a break of six enlivened the race, they were; Vasil Kiryienka (Sky), Paolo Tiralongo (Astana), Jorge Azanza & Iliart Zuazubiskar (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge) and Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), but they were pulled back before Nibali set the finish on fire.

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 1:
1. Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana in 3:16:34
2. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale
3. Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Katusha
4. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
5. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky at 0:03
6. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge
7. Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ at 0:05
8. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
9. Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
10. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:08.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 1:
1. Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana in 3:16:34
2. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale
3. Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Katusha
4. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
5. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky at 0:03
6. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge
7. Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ at 0:05
8. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
9. Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
10. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:08.

Stage 1:

Nairo Quintana to Stay with Movistar
The little Colombian star of the Tour de France; Nairo Quintana will be riding for the Spanish Movistar team in 2014 and 2015 and will be joined by his younger brother Dayer. Rumour has it that he will be earning a similar wage to team leader Alejandro Valverde, around 2 million Euros. Joseph and Jesus Herrada and Beñat Intxausti have renewed, Jonathan Castroviejo and Andrey Amador, Pablo Alfaro, Eros Capecchi and Sylwester Szmyd have contracts in force. One new rider will be Adriano Malori from Lampre-Merida, the 25 year old has been with Lampre for 4 years. According to Biciciclismo, two other additions to the Movistar team could be the Izaguirre brothers Gorka and Jon from Euskaltel-Euskadi, but nothing has been signed yet.

Astana Wants More Riders
Giuseppe Martinelli, Astana sports manager, confirmed his interest in the Euskaltel-Euskadi riders Mikel Nieve and Mikel Landa. “I like Mikel Nieve, but we are not willing to throw money away. Mikel Landa I like even more, with Fabio Aru they would make a great couple,” says Martinelli in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

He made no secret of his desire to sign Nairo Quintana, but the Colombian has a contract with the Movistar Team. “I think it’s the dream of many teams, but we are in this situation. A rider who at 23 is second on his debut Tour its normal to want him, like everyone,” he said. Would there not be a problem about living with Vincenzo Nibali? “Yes, the goals are similar. In that case study the synergy program to search just” he explains.

The Kazakh team confirmed additions and renovations: Franco Pellizotti, Lieuwe Westra and Dmitriy Muravyev, Borut Bozic, Francesco Gavazzi and Paolo Tiralongo and Fabio Aru until 2014 and 2016. Earlier, leader Nibali renewed until 2016.

Fumy Back to Trek
After two years with Orica-GreenEdge, Japanese multi national champion; Fumiyuki Beppu will be returning to a team riding a Trek bike. Beppu became a Pro in 2005 with the Discovery Team, and then had two years with Skil-Shimano before returning to RadioShack in 2010. Two years with the Australian Orica-GreenEdge brings him up to this year as he moves back to Trek again. We interviewed Fumy back in 2011 when he was with RadioShack.


No Arctic Race for Alexander Kristoff
Katusha’s Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff will not be able to start the Arctic Race due to bacterial pneumonia. X-ray’s confirmed that he suffers from a bacterial pneumonia in the right lung. He is suffering with a fever of 39ºC and is being treated with antibiotics. Valerio Piva, Katusha DS said: “It is such a pity for Alexander and our team, because after Tour de France he was in a great shape and could get some nice results in next races, including Arctic Race of Norway, where he was very motivated. Anyway, we all wish Alex a quick recovery and are waiting him back in the racing very soon.”

No Eneco Tour for Tom Boonen
Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma –Quick-Step) will have to miss the Eneco Tour due to the perineum cyst that caused him to miss the Tour of Denmark last week. “I’m really disappointed,” said Boonen. “I really like the Eneco Tour and it’s too bad I can’t be at the starting line, but right now it’s essential that I take the proper time to heal from this cyst, which is preventing me from training consistently and which I don’t want to underestimate. I have to say 2013 has definitely not been my year. Now the goal is to get better and get back to the races in the month of September, even though as things are now we can’t really set any definite date for a return.”

Tony Gallopin Signs for Two Years with Lotto Belisol
Lotto Belisol is very pleased to announce its first new asset. Tony Gallopin will wear the Lotto Belisol shirt for the two upcoming seasons. The young Frenchman comes over from Radio Shack Leopard Trek.

After extending the contracts of the most important Lotto Belisol riders the team wants to strengthen its core for the next years by attracting Tony Gallopin. Manager Marc Sergeant explains why the coming of Gallopin is important: “The past year and a half the team has tried to get maximal output from the potential that was present. That succeeded to a great extent, like in the Ardennes spring of 2012 with Vanendert, in last year’s Tour with Greipel and Van den Broeck and with Jürgen Roelandts as leader in the classics. But when one of our leaders wasn’t able to perform on his best level, like Roelandts after he broke his cervical vertebra in 2012, Vanendert past spring or Van den Broeck after his crash in the Tour, we performed less. With Tony Gallopin we reinforce our core considerably. He’s only 25, the past years he has shown impressive examples of his talent and there doubtlessly is still room for progression. Tony is a rider who can be put into action on many terrains. Of course there are the French races like Paris-Nice, but also in the classics he can play an important role for Lotto Belisol. That, because of his sports performances, he can give our sponsor Belisol a surplus value with our southern neigbours, is of course important as well.”

So it is that name sponsor Belisol is also very happy with the transfer of Tony Gallopin. The Belgian manufacturer of windows and doors wants to continue its expansion in France and sees Gallopin as a perfect signboard. General director of Belisol, Nicolas Thiel: “We have never made a secret of the fact that the presence of a French rider in the Lotto Belisol core is an important asset to us. That, with Tony Gallopin, it is a rider with qualities and potential, definitely pleases us. One of the reasons why Belisol has engaged itself in cycling is the profiling in France. We will be on the first row to support Tony Gallopin and all other riders, like we have always done in the past.”

Last weekend Gallopin won the WorldTour race Clásica San Sebastián in an impressive way, before Valverde and Kreuziger. He is the son of former pro Joël, the nephew of Radio Shack sports director Alain and is already together for four years with Marion Rousse, who defends the colours of the Lotto Belisol Ladies.

Tony Gallopin will be a Lotto Belisol rider as of the 1st of January 2014 and is exceedingly satisfied with that: “My choice for Lotto Belisol is inspired by many arguments. I’ll be in a team with tradition, that has leaders who have already proved themselves, in the sprint, in the classics as well as in the Grand Tours and where I will be able to take my own chance in the races that suit me well. The entire period from Paris-Nice until Liège-Bastogne-Liège is marked in my agenda. My favourite race? The Tour of Flanders! I see myself as a polyvalent rider who can perform in different types of races. The next weeks I’ll be active in among other the USA Pro Challenge, GP Plouay and the WorldTour races in Canada and of course I’ll keep on performing 100% for my current employer Radio Shack.”
Thanks to Lotto Belisol.

Tony Gallopin attacks and wins the 2013 Clásica San Sebastián:

Christian Meier Stay’s with Orica-GreenEdge
Christian Meier has re-signed with the Australian Orica-GreenEdge team for another two years. “It is great news that we’ve re-signed Christian Meier,” said Sport Director Matt White. “I’ve had a long relationship with Christian extending back to my Garmin days. He’s one of the first guys I brought across to GreenEdge.”

Christian Meier said: “The first Giro, when we won a stage with Gossy, was a huge victory for the team,” said Meier. “It was a really cool to contribute to that moment.. Last year, to be part of Luke’s [Durbridge] win at Poitou Charentes, sticks out in my mind. It may not be the biggest race, but it was nice to be a part of a win for a guy with a huge future.”

“There are so many moments with this team, it’s hard to name them all,” Meier continued. “Last year we had such a successful year, and this year has been hugely successful as well. We’re not usually the strongest team on paper, but we accomplished some really big goals with the way we ride.”

As Meier looks ahead to the next two years with Orica-GreenEdge, his personal ambitions remain modest. For Meier, his victory is defined by the team’s success. “I want to continue to grow as a rider,” said Meier. “On a personal level, the longer I am with the team and doing my job well, the more the team leaders will learn to trust that when I do my job; they can do their job better. When I was younger, I never really aspired to be a huge champion myself,” Meier added. “Sure, I wanted to win some races but I never thought I’d win the biggest races in the world. Working with guys like Gerro or Gossy [Matt Goss], who can achieve those big victories with my help, makes me feel like I have achieved something myself. I would love to win another national title, I’m also hoping to make the Tour de France team sometime in the next two years.”


Anthony Charteau to Retire
2010 Tour de France King of the Mountains; Anthony Charteau has announced that this will be his last season and will retire from the Pro ranks after his Europcar’s home race, the Tour de Vendée on October the 6th. The 34 year old from Nantes turned Pro in 2001 with the Bonjour team before moving to Crédit Agricole in 2006, the Spanish Caisse d’Epargne team in 2008, then returning to a French team with Bouygues Telecom in 2010 which became Eupocar. He told French newspaper Ouest France: “I love my sport but being away from home is hard. I have the impression of not seeing my children grow up and the style of racing, generally, is leaving less and less space for riders like me, the baroudeurs. Finally, I’m not able to re-find my level of 2010.”


The Tour de l’Ain
This French stage race has five stages starting tomorrow (Friday), the 9th of August with a prologue 4.5 kilometre individual time trial in Trevoux. Of the four road stages, the first is fairly flat, but all the others are all tough with a lot of climbing. Checkout the parcours on the race web-site www.tourdelain.

09.08.13 Prologue Trevoux 4.5 km (ITT)
10.08.13 Stage 1 Lagnieu – Bourg-en-Bresse 156.3 km
11.08.13 Stage 2 Ferme-Musée de la Foret – Oyonnax 149.3 km
12.08.13 Stage 3 Izernore – Lelex-Monts-Jura 136.4 km
13.08.13 Stage 4 Nantua – Belley 131.5 km.

OPQS to Tour de l’Ain
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Tour de l’Ain, a 578km race from August 9th until August 13th. The stage race includes a 4.5km ITT, two possible sprint stages, and then two more stages that could determine the GC. OPQS returns to this race having won a 10.7km Stage 2b TTT in 2012. In 2013, the time trial is individual and also a prologue. OPQS will do its best for a good result in 2013.

Dries Devenyns (BEL)
Andrew Fenn (GBR)
Nikolas Maes (BEL)
Gianni Meersman (BEL)
Pieter Serry (BEL)
Carlos Verona (ESP).
Sports Director: Davide Bramati (ITA).

Belkin well balanced for the Tour de l’Ain
Belkin Pro Cycling Team Sports Director, Erik Dekker travels to the Tour de l’Ain with a balanced team. The Dutchman expects his riders to contend for stage wins, with Steven Kruijswijk keeping an eye on the overall classification.

“We have opportunities in almost every stage,” said Dekker. “Only the second day might be difficult. It is a flat day and we have no sprinter with us. Unlike the other stages, I don’t expect us going for the stage victory there.”

Dekker knows that riders like Luis León Sánchez and Kruijswijk will automatically pop-up in a race like the Tour de l’Ain. “In general, they should be able to do a good GC but we won’t start with a real leader.”

Steven Kruijswijk abandoned last week’s Tour of Poland on the last day due to illness but feels fit again. “I don’t know what it was I was suffering from but I’m glad it only lasted one night and one day,” Kruijswijk explained. “I was able to do some decent training rides this week.”

In the Tour de l’Ain, Kruijswijk hopes to build on the race rhythm he gained in Poland. “After a long period of training I rode a few nice stages there. In the hard stages of the Tour de l’Ain, I hope to be able to follow the best riders. If so, a good spot in the GC is automatically in the cards.”

Team line-up: Stef Clement, Juanma Garate, Marc Goos, Steven Kruijswijk, Luis León Sánchez and Tom-Jelte Slagter – Sports Director: Erik Dekker.

Europcar for the Tour d l’Ain
Anthony Charteau, Bryan Coquard, Damien Gaudin, Pierre Rolland, Natnaël Berhane and Perrig Quemeneur.
DS: Andy Flickinger.

Atapuma looking to repeat at Tour de l’Ain
Busy week for Team Colombia, taking part to two different stage races this week: one starting in Spain at the Vuelta a Burgos, another line-up will face the Tour de l’Ain the short French stage race scheduled from August 9 to 13, with two tough mountain stages set to shape the GC.

Just like in Poland, teams will line-up at the Tour de l’Ain with only 6 riders, and Sports Director Valerio Tebaldi will once again be able to rely on Darwin Atapuma, who gave a huge joy to the whole Escarabajos’ team by topping Tour de Pologne stage 6 just a few days ago.

El Puma will count on Carlos Julian Quintero and Juan Pablo Suarez to side him in mountain stages, while Leonardo Duque will try to get in the mix on the sprinters’ stages. Wilson Marentes and Marco Corti will round out a determined line-up, looking to keep the team’s momentum in a race in which will feature no less than 7 World Tour teams.

“Puma’s win was a huge boost for the team – Sports Director Valerio Tebaldi explained – and came at a perfect time, just ahead of some races where we have a chance to play a big role. In France, after the prologue, we will face two pretty easy stages and two mountain ones – the third, with an uphill finish to Lelex Monts-Jura, and the final one, with the famous Col de la Grand Colombier.”

“Darwin is growing in condition, just like many of his teammates: we are confident in our chances to get back home with another strong result in the bag.”

Line-up: Darwin Atapuma, Marco Corti, Leonardo Duque, Wilson Marentes, Carlos Julian Quintero, Juan Pablo Suarez.
Sports Director: Valerio Tebaldi

Colombia’s Darwin Atapuma (Photo: team Colombia/Bettini).

Vuelta a España 2013 News:

The 2013 Vuelta will have Very High-Level Participants
The race organiser has received the pre-registration rider list from the 22 teams that will take part in the next edition of La Vuelta that will start on the 24th of August from Vilanova de Arousa. Apart from the 19 Pro Tour teams, the 3 wild cards have been given to Cofidis, Caja Rural and NetApp. The list is not yet definitive and may be modified. There will be many high-level participants, including: Alejandro Valverde, Joaquim Rodríguez, Nibali, Betancur, Mollema, Fuglsang, Luis León Sánchez, Ten Dam, Gilbert, Ballan, David Arroyo, Basso, Samuel Sánchez, Igor Antón, Mikel Nieve, Dan Martin, Scarponi, Maté, Kreuziger, Urán, Henao, Koening, Tony Martin, Simon Clarke, Cancellara & Boasson Hagen.

Cofidis Announce Vuelta Team
Jérôme Coppel will lead the French credit company sponsored team in the Spanish Grand Tour. He will be supported by Spaniard Luis Angel Maté and Frenchmen Cyril Bessy, Yoann Bagot, Nicolas Edet, Adrien Petit, Stéphane Poulhies, plus Belgians Nico Sijmens and Romain Zingle.

Lotto Belisol at La Vuelta
Lotto Belisol announces its preselection for the 2013 Vuelta a España. These are the 13 riders that are in the running to participate in the Vuelta for the Belgiam team:
Dirk Bellemakers, Gaëtan Bille, Brian Bulgaç, Bart De Clercq, Francis De Greef, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Maarten Neyens, Vicente Reynes, Jurgen Van de Walle, Tosh Van der Sande, Dennis Vanendert and Jelle Vanendert.

Team NetApp-Endura names Preliminary Line-Up for the Vuelta a España
Team NetApp-Endura has named 13 riders to its preliminary line-up for the Vuelta a España. On August 24, nine of these selected riders will be at the starting line for the Grand Tour.

The preliminary line-up for the Vuelta a España 2013:
Jan Barta (CZE, 28), Cesare Benedetti (ITA, 26), Iker Camano (ESP, 34), David de la Cruz (ESP, 24), Zak Dempster (AUS, 25), Bartosz Huzarski (POL, 32), Leopold Koenig (CZE, 25), Jose Mendes (POR, 28), Erick Rowsell (GBR, 23), Andreas Schillinger (GER, 30), Daniel Schorn (AUT, 24), Paul Voss (GER, 27), Alex Wetterhall (SWE, 27).
Sport Directors: Enrico Poitschke (GER, 43), Alex Sans Vega (ESP, 37).

La Vuelta is on the Horizon!
Not long to wait now, 16 days and the Spanish Grand Tour will kick off from Vilanova de Arousa on the 24th of August. Here is the race route promo video:

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