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As always EuroTrash Thursday has the lowdown on what’s been happening in the World of bike racing during the week. All the results, video and race comments from the Tours of Alberta and Spain and as much other happenings as we could find. TOP STORY: Alonso and Contador? A carajillo today in honour of the “old man” Chris Horner I think.

TOP STORY: Alonso Saves the Day and Contador?
As we reported on Monday morning; Formula 1 driver (and big cycling fan) Fernando Alonso will buy the UCI WorldTour license from the Euskaltel-Euskadi team and keep on many of the present riders and back-up staff.

There are a few different stories as to what the team will be like next year; first no one knows who the sponsors will be. It was first thought that Euskaltel would stay as they had said they wanted to keep the team going, but were short of the full amount of sponsorship money and needed a co-sponsor.

The big rumour is that the Banco Santander will be behind the deal, Alonso and Santander have always been connected through F1 and there has been talk of them collaborating on a cycling team project since 2009.

On the other hand, Fernando Alonso’s net worth is said to be $100 million and he has an annual salary of $40 million, so he could probably run the team out of his loose change.

Alonso is from Oviedo in Asturias, the same town as Samuel Sanchez and they train together on the bike in the winter, this also would give credence to the rumour that the team will move from its present base in the Basque Country to Asturias.

Of course the biggest rumour is that Alonso’s friend Alberto Contador would be making a move to the new team. Of course there would be many problems to make that happen for 2014. Contador has a contract with Riis Racing, he also has a contract to ride Specialized bikes, but with a new team anything is possible.

In the end the good news is that the team has been saved and Spain still has two teams on the top rung of the cycling ladder. I’ll leave the last word to Alonso’s official web-site “As of today we will start to work against the clock, with maximum effort and humility, and transferring the best of our professional experience, in order to be capable of starting the first races of the 2014 season with a new team, full of desire and with a fighting spirit.”

A move for Berty in 2014? (Photo: Jacinto Vidarte)

Vuelta a España 2013
With a brilliant solo attack with 4.6km to go to the top of Alto de Hazallanas, Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) took the lead of the Vuelta for the second time after winning in style as well as one week ago at Monte de Lobeira in Galicia. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is now 43 seconds down on him on GC ahead of a rest day and the only individual time trial of the 2013 Vuelta.

There were many skirmishes early on and after being part of a 21-man breakaway, Stef Clement (Belkin) was accompanied at the front by Juan Antonio Flecha and Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil-DCM), Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), Georg Preidler (Argos-Shimano), Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Maciej Paterski (Cannondale), Martin Kohler (BMC), Juan Jose Oroz (Euskaltel) and Nico Sijmens (Cofidis). Their maximum advantage was reached at km 118.

The gap was reduced to two minutes at the bottom of the Alto de Monachil where the front group split. Ulissi passed first at the top. He started the final climb to Alto de Hazallanas with Marczynski and Preidler. The trio had 1.30 lead over the first part of the bunch led by Movistar. Marczynski continued solo but his dream fainted due to accelerations successively launched by Igor Anton (Euskaltel), Nibali and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale). Red jersey wearer Moreno got dropped. Marczynski was reined in with 5km to go. Half a kilometer further, Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) attacked. Only Nibali, Basso, Rodriguez, Valverde, Pinot and Roche were left in contention. Nibali went solo in pursuit of the American and crossed the line 48 seconds after him while Moreno was the main loser of the day with a deficit of 2:11.

Race Comments:
Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) stage winner and GC leader: “Movistar did a good job of making an initial selection and then when Nibali attacked hard he made the selection down to four riders. I saw that Valverde was suffering so I said to myself it was time to go as hard as I could. I thought if I could get a little gap that the others would play with some tactics behind me with none of them really wanting to work too hard. I don’t have quick acceleration, but once I get up to speed I can maintain it. So I knew if I could get a small gap I would be able to keep that speed all the way to the finish.”

“This was a very difficult climb. It was steep and hard, but so steep that there was no draft at all. So it didn’t matter if you were in a group or solo, the effort required was the same. For me it was better to attack while the others played some tactics behind me. I watched my power meter and stayed at 98% all the way to the line, never at 100%,” he said with a laugh.

“Today in the team meeting we talked about the climb. I didn’t think I’d seen it before, but once on it I remembered it from 2006 or 2007. So when we move the race north to the next climbs, it’s possible that I know none of those climbs, but perhaps I’ll know all of them.”

“I don’t know if the time trial course suits me or not but it’s been a few years since I’ve had a good time trial, so I don’t expect to be able to keep the jersey but it is what it is. I’m a small guy, I’m a climber and sometimes I do a good time trial. Maybe that time will come again in two days.”

Horner concluded with: “Fabian Cancellara was fantastic for me. Really the entire team was unbelievable today, they have worked so much for me. I couldn’t be happier. Again I’m the oldest rider to win a stage in a grand tour. I don’t feel real pressure in having the jersey, but once you have it there are many things you have to do after the stage with the press so it takes up more of your time when you want to rest. But with the rest day tomorrow I feel like I can recover fine. If I lose the jersey after the time trial, I will fight again on a mountain stage to get it back.”

Are you the strongest rider of the Vuelta ? “I feel very good, that’s for sure! I don’t know if I’m the strongest but I’m one of the strongest. Let’s say I’m up there with the favorites.”

Are you surprised by the time gap in your favor at the end? “No! I had realized that my rivals were left with no team-mates. I saw that [Alejandro] Valverde was suffering. I thought if I could get some seconds lead, they would play tactics and watch each other but they wouldn’t catch me. I followed [Vincenzo] Nibali the whole time and my plan was to attack with 2km to go. With the time trial coming up, he could afford to let me maybe one minute ahead, so I believed I could gain something like 40 seconds.”

Why are you so pessimistic about the time trial ? “I don’t know if it suits me or not. It’s been a couple of years since I last did a good time trial. I expect to lose the red jersey to Nibali on Wednesday. I’m a climber. I’m a small guy. Only sometimes I can do a good time trial. Maybe on Wednesday, who knows…”

2nd on the stage and GC Vincenzo Nibali (Astana): “The race was very much controlled when Chris Horner attacked. We watched each other. There were a few attacks but I looked at climbing at my own rhythm. Once I could do my race alone, I didn’t lose any more time on Horner. It’s impossible to do everything. Horner is in a great shape. This is his second stage win. He has already demonstrated that his condition is excellent at the moment, despite his age.”

5th on the stage and GC Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha): “It was very fast up the final climb. Chris Horner’s attack was unstoppable. Considering all of what happened today, I’m satisfied with the outcome. I didn’t manage to get any time bonus but we’ve lost more today: the red jersey and Alberto Losada.”

Ex-GC leader Dani Moreno (Katusha): “It was a very hard finale and it has not been my best day for sure. When this crash occurred in the neutral zone, someone hit me from behind and my ankle was touched, but this hasn’t affected my performance at all. I just had a bad day. It wasn’t because of the heat because I like the heat. I felt weak from the beginning of the climb.”

Alejandro Valverde: “I had already stated that today was the stage where we would be really seeing who were the biggest candidates for the Vuelta overall, with two real climbs along the way. Horner was a surprise, but I don’t think it was too much, because he was already riding well – the time gap might have been it, a minute is quite a difference. When he won his first stage, he already proved strong, but he won convincingly today. The rest of us – Nibali, Purito, Basso, Pinot or Roche – we’re all pretty much close to each other right now. Nibali got a bit of a gap today, but we’re all quite strong. I don’t know if the current situation will change the race’s development, as Nibali, Purito and myself looked to each other a bit, but we also knew we weren’t the only podium contenders, and everyone could see it today.
“I dropped a bit with 5k to go because I knew the climb really well – we had trained a lot on these roads and I knew I had to set my own pace. I took some breath and could close the gap again; even though I suffered a lot, I found myself better after that. As I’m saying, it was the first real mountain stage today, and there’s still a long way to go. I have to thank and congratulate my team because they were splendid today once again. We’re really willing to get that rest day, though it will be a bit more active than usual since we have the TT on Wednesday. It seems like a hard time trial, so it shouldn’t be bad for me. We’ll put some guts on it and suffer as much as we can.”

Nicolas Roche finished 7th and is 3rd overall: “Well, I went 100% and really dug deep in myself all the way up the final brutal climb jumping in and out of the group of favourites. But I’m content and happy with my performance. After doing my very best and going to my maximum physical ability, I can’t be disappointed.”

Bauke Mollema (Belkin) “Already at the foot of the Monachil, I felt it was going to be hard to follow and decided to let the pack go. I have decided the GC is no longer a goal. My legs are just not good enough. I will now try to save energy wherever possible and pick a day to give it a try. We still have a few nice stages to go. Hopefully I can also do something for Laurens. My morale is still high.”

Vuelta a España Stage 10 Result:
1. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek in 4:30:22
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 0:48
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 1:02
4. Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale
5. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
7. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1:10
8. Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1:25
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale
10. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at2:02.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 10:
1. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek in 40:29:14
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 0:43
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:53
4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 1:02
5. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 1:40
6. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha at 2:04
7. Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale at 2:20
8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 3:11
9. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at 3:16
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 3:28.

Stage 10:

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) won his pre-world championship match against Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) as he claimed the only individual time trial of the Vuelta on Stage 11 and was delighted to take the power back in the world of specialists against the clock. As expected, the other duel for the leadership in the race saw Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) taking over from Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) who is now fourth on GC with Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in between. But the ambitions of the American veteran to win the Vuelta are far from over.

Nibali was 48 seconds down before stage 11. It’s now up to Horner to stand 46 seconds adrift. Little Italian climber Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is the author of the exploit of the day. As he passed first atop the third category Alto del Moncayo, he only lost terrain against pure powerful time trial specialists Cancellara and Martin to clock the third best time and move up to sixth overall.

Valverde remained third despite suffering a mechanical in the early uphill part of the race. His compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) lost three minutes from Cancellara because his bidon fell off at the start. He’s still fifth on GC but 2.33 down on Nibali.

During the stage 11 time trial on a downhill section, Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) crashed badly. He was immediately transported to the Hospital Miguel Servet of Zaragoza where he was diagnosed with a fracture of the left tibia, a rupture of the patellar tendon of the left knee and also a fracture of the right collarbone. He was also diagnosed with a cervical fracture, without displacement and without neurological consequences. De Weert never lost consciousness.

Race Comments:
Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard), winner: “When I looked at the parcours and the profile, my first impression was that the uphill should suit the climbers, and I didn’t know how I’d be after the rest day. So I put my ambitions not so high. The climb was almost 18km long and very hard too. I didn’t know if I’d win against Vincenzo. At the end, it’s a time trial, so you go at your own pace and it’s a question of head and legs. During the race, I was focused on myself, on the ride, on my pace. I continued the work I had to do. I’m just done with my homework. It’s always nice to win on top of that but today it’s more about details than just about winning. It’s been a very good day for me. To appreciate the race, I had to choose the right wheels, etc. My objective number 1 is to prepare for the World’s but we’re here firstly for doing well at the Vuelta. Chris [Horner] is very strong and very close to Nibali on GC. We have full respect for the Vuelta. We’ve won three stages and made a couple of top 3. Now we have to see day after day what else can be achieved. The Vuelta is hard but the Vuelta is beautiful.”

Cancellara returns to the Worlds in two weeks, hoping to earn more medals in the championships: “I know that I gave the maximum today. This was a good test for myself that had nothing to do with my competitors and more about seeing how I’m feeling. It was both uphill and then downhill and required a good workout. I’m happy with my performance. I think I got the best out of myself today.”

Overall leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana): “I don’t know if my swollen eye has affected my performance”

What’s your first impression after this time trial? “It was a very hard one with a lot of wind. It was difficult to maintain a rhythm but I’ve done an excellent race. I’m happy. I couldn’t do any better. I can’t ride a gear of 58 or 56 like Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara. I’ve done my best with my 55×11.”

What happened to you yesterday? “I got pricked by a wasp. It’s been a difficult time for me but my condition has improved. I haven’t thought of pulling out of the Vuelta because I thought I could do well. This morning the volume of my eye had decreased but it was still painful. It went better and better. Normally I don’t have allergies. I got an authorization from the UCI to use some medicine for this evident case of a swollen eye but I’m not sure if the MPCC (movement for a credible cycling) agrees with that.”

Did it affect your racing? “I wouldn’t be able to say if affected my performance or not at all. As I felt better, I took the start and it went well.”

Will you be able to defend the red jersey? “Yes, I’ll see day after day how I am. There are important climbs coming up. My main rivals are the same after the time trial: Rodriguez, Valverde, and also Horner, but mostly Rodriguez and Valverde even if Rodriguez is the one who has paid the most today while Valverde has had a great ride despite a mechanical.”

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), second: “I didn’t expect that. Fabian has had an impressive ride. I have to study the time checks. I believe the downhill has made a difference but it won’t hurt my confidence to win the World’s where there’s no downhill on the course. It was not a real time trial for specialists today. It was very hard, very hilly and very wind. It was a nice course for different types of riders, including climbers and GC contenders. Everyone had a chance, I took mine and I finished hoping the weather conditions would be the same for all the riders. I went full gas, especially with the tail wind at the end. But I was not at the limit like sometimes.”

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale), third: “I’m super happy! I’ve seen the course this morning and I liked it even though there was too much wind for a small guy like me. I’ve had excellent feelings on the bike. After I passed the top of the climb, I’ve been told that I had a good time but I didn’t know it was the best time. It’s also due to a choice of bicycle, made purposely to perform uphill. In the windy downhill section, there was no way I could ride as fast as Fabian Cancellara but this result is a huge satisfaction for me. I’ve done the time trial of my life. It motivates me for the rest of the Vuelta. Shall I keep going so well, I can envisage to finish in the top 5 overall.”

Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff), sixth: “It was impossible to calculate because of the hill coming so soon but I had in mind to not put myself in the red. Yet, I’ve pushed a bit too much in the hill and Valverde took some time on me. This is the first time I’m treated as a team leader. I have nothing to reproach to the staff of Ag2r-La Mondiale, they did their best for me but it’s great to benefit from the experience of Bjarne Riis.”

Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard), twentieth: “I’m not happy but I’m satisfied. At the beginning of the race, I got a bee in my mouth. It was disturbing and scary. I couldn’t get it out. I also tried to swallow it. Eventually, I coughed it up. I also had problems with my skin suit. It burned! Maybe this morning when I had very good legs, I got the illusion that I could keep the red jersey but this is where I wanted to be: between one and half and two minutes down on Vincenzo. Now I believe the race will be won in the mountains with tactics and luck when there’ll be no team-mates left. I’ve had a really good shot at the red jersey and I want it back.”

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 7th on the stage and 3rd on GC: “It was a really great TT for me. I was pretty calm, confident about my chances. At the Haza Llana climb, I didn’t have a bad feeling – it was more a matter of distributing my energy well, I had trained a lot over that climb. That’s why I knew that I would be doing a good time trial if I had the legs, and that’s how it went. It took a bit for me to get on the pace, because the tracksuit given by the organisers was a bit too small for me and I couldn’t get well over the tri-bars. I was feeling the front wheel was a bit out of air since the very first kilometres – I was feeling uncomfortable, out of focus. After changing it, I was a bit nervous, couldn’t get the foot on the pedal and lost a bit more time. These things happen in sport, and once I fixed it, I got into my pace. Obviously it’s sad, because I could have been better, but it was a good TT from my point of view and all the mountains ahead are good for us. The first thing is recovering – they we will start thinking about the next stages and our race strategy.”

Vuelta a España Stage 11 Result:
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard Trek in 51:00
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step at 0:37
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale at 1:24
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 1:25
5. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky at 1:41
6. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1:48
7. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 1:52
8. Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis
9. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 1:53
10. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 2:13.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 11:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana in 41:22:22
2. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:33
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:46
4. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek
5. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 2:33
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 2:44
7. Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale at 2:55
8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 3:35
9. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at 3:46
10. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha at 3:56.

Stage 11:

Tour of Alberta 2013
In the 7.3 kilometre prologue in Edmonton, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) began the Canadian tour they way he probably wants to carry on; with a win. He beat Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) by 14 and Argos-Shimano’s Tobias Ludvigsson by 15 seconds. Cadel Evans (BMC) put in a good performance for fourth as home star Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) finished 10th at 30 seconds. After his winning ride Sagan commented: “After Colorado I felt very good, and I was also trying to do well here. I knew the first day was important, and I was hoping for the stage victory today. I felt very, very good and really tried to win this prologue.”

Tour of Alberta Prologue Result:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale at 8:28
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp at 0:13
3. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos-Shimano at 0:14
4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 0:20
5. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:21
6. Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:23
7. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:29
8. David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp at 0:30
9. Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp.

Tour of Alberta Overall After the Prologue:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale in 8:28
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Garmin-Sharp at 0:13
3. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano at 0:14
4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 0:20
5. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:21
6. Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:23
7. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:29
8. David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp at 0:30
9. Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp.

The Alberta Prologue:

That man Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was not happy with just the prologue win and took Stage 1 from a big bunch finish. The 158 kilometre stage from Strathcona County to Camrose was enlivened by a break of four riders; Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling), Marc Goos (Belkin), William Clarke (Argos-Shimano) and Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda). They had a maximum lead of 2 minutes, but the Cannondale team pulled them back and a late attack by Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) for Sagan to win the stage and extend his overall lead over Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) to 23 seconds with four stages to go.

Tour of Alberta Stage 1 Result:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale in 3:22:17
2. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
3. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin
4. Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Argos-Shimano
6. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC
7. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
8. Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
9. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos-Shimano
10. John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

Tour of Alberta Overall After Stage 1:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale in 3:30:35
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp at 0:23
3. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos-Shimano at 0:24
4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 0:30
5. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:31
6. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:39
7. Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano
8. Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:40
9. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
10. Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin at 0:41.

Stage 1:

Armstrong to Answer More Questions
The US Associated Press news agency are claiming that a Judge in Texas has demanded Lance Armstrong to questions on who was involved in his systematic doping during his career. This is all to do with the Acceptance Insurance Holding’s case against Armstrong to recover $3 million paid to him in bonuses; the case is due in April 2014.

Santambrogio Innocent?
The Italian sports newspaper Gazetta dello Sport is suggesting that Mauro Santambrogio may be found innocent of his EPO positive during this year’s Giro d’Italia. It is claimed that the amount of EPO found in his sample was so low it would not count. The sample concerned was taken on May the 4th and originally declared negative, but after the positive of his team mate Danilo Di Luca it was retested and found positive. Santambrogio has asked for his B sample to be tested, but this seems to be taking a long time. Obviously if the B sample is found to be negative, he is innocent.

BMC Racing Team Signs Darwin Atapuma
Press Release: The BMC Racing Team has signed Colombian climbing specialist Darwin Atapuma, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Wednesday.

‘A Big Moment’
Ochowicz said the fifth-year professional was impressive at the Tour de Pologne when he won the uphill finish of Stage 6 and was runner-up on Stage 1. He went on to finish second in the race’s king of the mountains classification. “We are happy to welcome Darwin to the team for 2014,” Ochowicz said. “He has shown on several occasions at ProTour races this year his skills in the mountains. He will be a great asset to the BMC Racing Team in the grand tours and other stage races.” Atapuma, the 2008 national road champion, scored top 10 finishes overall this season at the Tour de Slovénie (sixth) and the Presidential Tour of Turkey (seventh). Last year, he won Stage 4 of the Giro del Trentino. “This is a big moment for me,” the 25-year-old said. “To go to the ProTour completes my dream. I know it will be a difficult task. My objective is to work for the team and for the team’s leaders, so I will give my best.” Ochowicz said specific terms of Atapuma’s contract are not being made public.

Fast Freddie for the Worlds
Freddie Rodriguez (Jelly Belly) has been picked for the USA national team for the World road race championships in Florence later this year; he received the good news on his 40th birthday on Tuesday. The other riders that have been picked are: Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) and other places to be picked from: Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard), Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp), Taylor Phinney (BMC) and Peter Stetina (Garmin-Sharp). Rodriguez has said he is looking forward to riding the 2015 World’s in Richmond, Virginia and then the possibility of retirement. “I look at Worlds in the US as a possibility for retirement, but I’m not going to give myself a date because I look at Horner; he’s two years older than I am and he’s still out there and is probably going to sign another two-year contract.”

Here is Fast Freddie by Cyclingillustrated:

That Chris Horner beard; he looks and rides like a much younger guy now!
Heerlen - Amstel Gold Race -Christopher Horner -  foto Cor Vos

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