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I think we can safely say the 2014 season is in full swing. In todays EuroTrash we catch up with all the cycling news; from the Tours of Dubai, Qatar, Etoile de Bessèges and the Copenhagen ‘6 Day’ with reports, results and video. Top story is Sammy Sanchez and his new team, plus we have lots of race news; Paris-Nice, Utah, Andalucía, Britain and Algarve. If that wasn’t enough we go training with Boonen, Stybar and the Italian national squad.

TOP STORY: Samuel Sánchez Happy with BMC
After a worrying few months for ex-Olympic road champion Samuel Sánchez, he eventually signed his contract with the BMC team, as we reported last week. His first interview after the announcement was with Spanish web-site biciciclismo, he explained his recent feeling; “it’s been a very hard few months, though, the fact that it took such a long time to sort out the Euskaltel team, but I’m here because I haven’t thrown in the towel even if it was getting difficult, the season had already started.” As to the BMC team, he commented: “It’s a first class team. I have a good palmares and status in the peloton. My destiny was never going to be anything other than a top team.” And the contract, “initially it’s a year-long contract, but the important thing is that I’m doing what I like, I’m racing to enjoy myself and now I will be able to do it with a team that is amazingly well-organised.”

As to his race calendar: “I will be in Italy on Thursday and then I head to Belgium to get measured up for the bike and kit, medical tests and so on. To get used to how the team works and see how it is structured, so I can adapt the quickest possible.” But he did say that he would be looking for a third Classic win, or at least a podium finish in the Ardennes. He added that he would like “to win the World’s, it’s difficult, but I’ve already won an Olympic Games road-race in Beijing.”

What about the Alonso Team in 2015? “I’m just thinking in the short-term. For now, I know I’m going to race this year, which was my main concern. And I’m sorry for my team-mates that haven’t been able to continue, riders with a lot of cycling left in their legs, I remember them a lot. They know I would have taken a rider with me; I haven’t done that because I couldn’t. It’s been a very difficult situation as I only found a team in February.” Of his old team mates at Euskaltel-Euskadi there are four riders still without teams for this year: Jorge Azanza, Rubén Pérez, Steffen Radochla and Gorka Verdugo. How many of the team staff has found employment is unknown.

Ex-Euskaltel-Euskadi team riders:
Igor Antón-Movistar
Mikel Astarloza-Retired
Jorge Azanza-Without team
Pello Bilbao-Caja Rural
Garikoitz Bravo-Efapel
Tarik Chaoufi (Mar)-Dismissed
Ricardo García-Ukyo
Gorka Izagirre-Movistar
Ion Izagirre-Movistar
Jure Kocjan (Esl)-SmartStop
Mikel Landa-Astana
Juanjo Lobato-Movistar
Egoi Martínez-Retired
R. Mestre (Por)-Efapel
Miguel Mínguez-Euskadi
Mikel Nieve-Sky
Juan José Oroz-PinoRoad
Rubén Pérez-Without team
S. Radochla (Ger)-Without team
A. Sáez de Arregi-Retired
Samuel Sánchez-BMC
A. Schulze (Ger)-NetApp
Serebryakov (Rus)-Banned
R. Sicard (Fra)-Europcar
Tamouridis (Gre)-Tableware
Pablo Urtasun-PinoRoad
Gorka Verdugo-Without team
Robert Vrecer (Esl)-Vorarlberg.

Goodbye Eusaltel-Euskadi.
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Dubai Tour 2014
BMC Racing Team’s Taylor Phinney won the BMC Racing Team’s second race of the season on Wednesday while teammate Stephen Cummings was runner-up in the individual time trial Stage 1 that began the Dubai Tour.

Phinney powered his BMC timemachine TMR01 to a time of 12 minutes and three seconds on the 10.1-kilometer out-and-back course. That was 14 seconds faster than Cummings and 16 seconds better than Lasse Norman Hansen (Garmin-Sharp), who was third. Phinney said he asked Sport Director Max Sciandri to be one of the team’s early starters among the 127 competitors in the inaugural edition of the race. “I felt really good. I felt really strong,” he said. “It was kind of a fight on the way back going into a headwind. We made the tactical decision to start earlier because most of the wind reports showed the wind going up through the day.” The past U.S. national time trial champion said he only braked twice: once for the U-turn at the midway point and once at a U-turn near the finish. The rest of the time he spent crouched low, with his forearms resting on his 3T handlebars. In addition to Phinney and Cummings, BMC Racing Team newcomer Peter Velits also finished in the top 10. The reigning Slovakian national time trial champion was 37 seconds off the winning time.

Cummings said he was not too disappointed to have been beaten by his own teammate. “I tried my best, but I think Taylor did an exceptional ride,” he said. “He was strong. It is a great start for this team. Everyone was strong though, not just the two of us. Like Yannick (Eijssen). He weighs about 60 kilos and he was 16th. It’s incredible.” The victory was Phinney’s first in a time trial since capturing the final stage of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge. Last month, the past Under 23 world time trial champion was runner-up in the Stage 5 time trial at the Tour de San Luis. Phinney compared this winning effort to his solo victory on Stage 4 at the Tour de Pologne when he outwitted the sprinters by attacking with 7.7 km to go. “I put out the power that I wanted to put out,” he said. “It was really a lot of watts and very strong. I felt fine. It was really one of those courses where it was over before you know it.” The BMC Racing Team’s first win of the season came last month when Cadel Evans soloed to Stage 3 at the Santos Tour Down Under.

In the after stage press conference, Taylor Phinney explained his day: “If there’s an event that’s best for me, it’s anything around 12 minutes and below. I haven’t had many opportunities to ride short time trials since I’ve been pro – they seem to be phasing out short time trials and Prologues – so I was really happy when this course came out. It means a lot to win today. I’ve been thinking about this race since they came out with the race route weeks ago. I knew there would be some big names here. Specifically, Tony Martin is good in any time trial. Especially on a road bike, so I’m overjoyed and relieved that I have won.”

“I decided to go early because of the weather report. It looked like the wind was going to build up. I hope it was the same conditions for everyone, but I don’t know. You want everyone to go at the same time, but it’s not easy when there are 125 of you.”

“After a disappointing 2013, I’ve had a good off-season. I’m fresh mentally and physically but I’ve also been training a lot. The team has a different approach this year: all the riders have individual goals, and I’m a goal-setting-type person, so I like that. Today was a big goal for me. I’m happy with the way my Dubai Tour has started.”

“The win is a big confidence booster for me. I thought I knew what I was capable of on a course like this, but I exceeded my expectations today. I haven’t won the Dubai Tour yet. There are a lot of variables in this race: wind, climbs on St 3, more wind on St 4. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s some strong competition here, but BMC has a good team, we have also Steve Cummings who is strong and in a good position, so I’m excited. It’s a short race but it’s going to be intense. A lot of things can happen over the next couple of days, we just have to stay calm, we have a good chance.”

World road champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) was the penultimate starter and who wore the Portuguese time trial champion’s jersey, also suffered for the wind: “It was difficult in the final sector to keep the speed high, because the wind slowed me. I had quite good feelings, it would have been better to limit the gap; anyway it’s ok what I did.” He finished in 24th place at 47 seconds to Phinney.

Dubai Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC in 12:03
2. Steven Cummings (GB) BMC at 0:14
3. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin-Sharp at 0:16
4. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:22
5. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek at 0:25
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale at 0:31
7. Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar at 0:32
8. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale at 0:35
9.Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Katusha
10. Peter Velits (Svk) BMC at 0:37.

Dubai Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC in 12:03
2. Steven Cummings (GB) BMC at 0:14
3. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin-Sharp at 0:16
4. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:22
5. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek at 0:25
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale at 0:31
7. Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar at 0:32
8. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale at 0:35
9. Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Katusha
10. Peter Velits (Svk) BMC at 0:37.

Stage 1:

Ladies Tour of Qatar 2014
Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano) showed off her sprinting prowess by winning Stage 1 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar and with it taking the leaders jersey. She also dominated all three intermediate sprints, taking three bonus seconds at each which further increased her lead by the finish.

The stage was a rapid one with an average speed of over 48km/h for the first hour of racing. The bunch soon splintered under this pressure and Team Giant-Shimano was represented at the front by both Wild and Amy Pieters. Wild was arguably the fastest sprinter in the women’s peloton last season and she has picked up from where she left off with this impressive display.

Giant-Shimano Coach, Ruud Verhagen in Qatar, said: “The team rode great today and were rewarded with the perfect result. After 60km the race split into several groups, with Amy and Kirsten up front and the rest of the team in the second group of around 25 riders. The second group were chasing right up until the last kilometre so the pace at the front stayed high which was perfect for Kirsten. Amy controlled it really well and then Kirsten sprinted perfectly to take the win. We couldn’t have started better.” The team will look to defend this lead now from tomorrow as Wild aims to take her fourth Ladies Tour of Qatar title.

Ladies Tour of Qatar Stage 1 Result:
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Giant-Shimano in 2:09:56
2. Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini
3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products
4. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol
5. Elizabeth Armitstead (GB) Boels Dolmans
6. Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France
7. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini
8. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS
9. Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv
10. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon,

Ladies Tour of Qatar Overall After Stage 1:
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Giant-Shimano in 2:09:40
2. Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini at 0:08
3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products at 0:11
4. Elizabeth Armitstead (GB) Boels Dolmans at 0:14
5. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS at 0:15
6. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:16
7. Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France
8. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini
9. Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo-Liv
10. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon.

The last K of stage 1:

Amy Pieters (NED) finished off a perfect tactical race on Stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar to win the stage and take over the leader’s jersey. After Kirsten Wild (NED) won yesterday’s opening stage and took the overall lead, the team were riding to protect the jersey and go for another win. The race split early on in the winds with Wild, Pieters, Julia Soek (NED) and Sara Mustonen (SWE) at the front for Team Giant-Shimano.

As the race hit crunch time the front group started to attack each other and Pieters, Soek and Mustonen took turns to cover the moves and keep Wild out of trouble before the finish. With just over 10km to go four riders went clear including Pieters who was in policing mode, with Wild sitting safely behind knowing that Pieters was the best placed rider in the front group. These four riders pulled out a good gap and into the final kilometre she took her opportunity and sprinted clear to take the team’s second stage victory of the race and maintain their 100% win record so far in 2014.

“Today was a beautiful display of team work,” said coach Ruud Verhagen (NED). “From the start a group 21 riders went clear with four of us up there, including Kirsten. They controlled it the whole race and with Amy in the final move we had everything in hand. We now have every jersey, both stage wins and first and second on GC – it’s a dream start to the season and the ladies can be proud.”

“I’m really happy to get my first win and continue the team’s success here in Qatar,” said a very happy Pieters after the stage. “With Kirsten behind me at the end I was allowed to sit on and wait for the sprint. You’re always curious to see how the shape is at the start of the season but we’ve started really well and to get the wins early takes pressure off your shoulders. I hope we have a great year this year.”

After the finish Wild said: “We were in a great situation today with lots of different cards to play, and in the end it worked out perfectly. I’m really happy for Amy.”
Thanks to the Giant-Shimano tam for the race info.

Ladies Tour of Qatar Stage 2 Result:
1. Amy Pieters (Ned) Giant-Shimano in 2:53:33
2. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv at 0:03
3. Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle-Honda
4. Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo at 0:06
5. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:27
6. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products
7. Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS
8. Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo
9. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:31
10. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS.

Ladies Tour of Qatar Overall After Stage 2:
1. Amy Pieters (Ned) Giant-Shimano in 5:03:28
2. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:07
3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products at 0:18
4. Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS at 0:28
5. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:30
6. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS at 0:31
7. Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv at 0:38
8. Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica-AIS
9. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans
10. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon.

Stage 2:

Etoile de Bessèges 2014
Young Belgian Sander Helven (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) was part of a six man break that left the peloton in the first 10 kilometres of Stage 1, along with Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Boris Dron (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Michael Goolaerts (Vérandas Willems), Laurens De Vreese (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Marcus Christie (An Post-ChainReaction). They built up a maximum lead of 8:45 before the bunch reacted to bring them back. In the end the peloton couldn’t catch them and Helven won from De Vreese and Jarrier. Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb won the bunch sprint 22 seconds too late.

Etoile de Bessèges Stage 1 Result:
1. Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise in 3:27:02
2. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
3. Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement
4. Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles
5. Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Verandas Willems
6. Marcus Christie (Irl) An Post-Chain Reaction at 0:04
7. John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Shimano at 0:22
8. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Ag2r-La Mondiale
10. Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Etoile de Bessèges Overall After Stage 1:
1. Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise in 3:26:50
2. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:05
3. Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement
4. Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles 0:00:12
5. Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Verandas Willems
6. Marcus Christie (Irl) An Post-Chain Reaction at 0:16
7. John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Shimano at 0:34
8. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Ag2r-La Mondiale
10. Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Stage 1:

Copenhagen ‘6 Day’ 2014
Tuesday night was the grande finale in the prestigious Copenhagen six-day race. Tinkoff-Saxo’s Michael Mørkøv and his partner, Alex Rasmussen eventually took the lead of the race by taking that crucial lap on the rest of the GC favourites early in the chase.

But their opponents didn’t hesitate to retort and soon two other couples made the equalizing lap but having a significantly larger amount of points, Mørkøv and Rasmussen were still leading the race halfway through the finale.

But a series of attacks put the Danes under severe pressure and the German couple gained a lap entering the very final with only 20 laps to go leaving the Danes on their heels.

And on the very final lap of the race, the Danes were inches away from regaining that deciding lap, but the Germans Robert Bartko finished his career by taking the overall win with partner, Marcel Kalz.

The Danes finished second.
“Of course, I’m extremely disappointed about the turn of events. Finally, things were starting to go our way and deep in to the finale, we really believed we could go all the way. However, the Germans were both tactically and physically worthy opponents and having played our cards the way we wanted, we have to congratulate them on a job well done. We’ll be back next year,” said a disappointed Michael Mørkøv.
Thanks to the Tinkoff-Saxo Team.

Copenhagen ‘6 Days’ Final Result:
1. Robert Bartko – Marcel Kalz (GER), 291 pts.
2. Alex Rasmussen – Michael Mørkøv (DEN), at 1 lap, 375 pts.
3. Leif Lampater (GER) – Marc Hester (DEN), at 1 lap, 292 pts.
4. Wim Stroetinga (NED) – Jesper Mørkøv (DEN), at 2laps, 236 pts.
5. Andreas Müller – Andreas Graf (AUT), at 2 laps, 140 pts.
6. Albert Torres (ESP) – Vojtech Hacecky (CZE), at 3 laps, 171 pts.
7. Luke Roberts (AUS) – Nick Stöpler (NED), at 10 laps, 105 pts.
8. Tristan Marguet (SUI) – Mads Christensen (DEN), at 21 laps, 174 pts.
9. Marcel Barth (GER) – Niki Byrgesen (DEN), at 23 laps, 132 pts.
10. Guy East – Daniel Holloway (USA), at 26 laps, 135 pts.

The Copenhagen ‘6 Day’ podium:
Zesdaagse van Kopenhagen 2014

Stybar Rides Roads of Ronde van Vlaanderen, Reflects on Third Cyclocross Rainbow Jersey
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Zdenek Stybar took a moment following his amazing UCI World Cyclocross Championship victory on Sunday to meet with the press at RENSON headquarters on Tuesday. Styby — who also trained on the roads of Ronde van Vlaanderen earlier in the day with King of the Classics Tom Boonen and teammate Iljo Keisse — had plenty to say about his third rainbow jersey in the cyclocross discpline, as well as his next objectives on the road.

Press Release: I was enjoying the race duel with Sven Nys. I knew that before the race I had nothing to lose. I was really fresh and I was absolutely relaxed. I wasn’t nervous so I was enjoying it, and also the crowd was so amazing. I think something of the kind of spirit of the world championship is something you can only experience two times of year: The first being the World Championship of cyclocross and the second one is Tour of Flanders. I think there’s nothing else to compare. There’s 50,000 people yelling, and it is really something serious and special. I’m really proud of have won the UCI World Cyclocross Championship with an amazing atmosphere like that.

Training on the roads of Ronde van Vlaanderen today, it went really good. I’m happy that I have done it because now for the first time I have it already in my mind. I have changed from the cyclocross sphere to the road sphere. I can go and work hard again. I know what I have to do. I feel pretty good, finally today I could be again on the bike so I could ride a little of the tiredness and fatigue out of the legs. I’m really happy that I could sweat again. The first two hours I was really suffering. I was tired. But at the end I felt nice, comfortable, and had an overall good feeling. I rode on my Specialized CruX as all my other bikes, my road bikes, are in Mallorca. But anyway, I was happy I could do one last ride on my cyclocross bike.

What I have seen today riding with Tom Boonen, he is more than ready for the Classics. He is so motivated and you know most of the time, when the leader is ready, the whole team is ready. Tom was telling me about all of the small details. Where it is good to get in front, where it is good to take it easy, and where there is small packs what you can take. He also told me where the wind is coming most of the time, to relax, and things like that. These are things I can never learn on my own. Those are things you have to learn in the race. So a ride like that, learning from a Classics legend like Tom, you save maybe two years. Because I could ride this course 10 times and still not learn it enough as I would from someone like him. I would never learn it in the experience of the race. So, this is really the proof of the race and I couldn’t have a better person to learn from. As for my participation in a race like Tour of Flanders or any of the Cobbled Classics, first we must see how my shape will develop and then we will see. We will decide with the team.

As for my next objectives, from tomorrow I am traveling to Mallorca which is also my first race on the road. From there I am going directly to Oman and after that I will start on my first two Classics here in Belgium.

Tom Boonen, Zdenek Stybar and Iljo Keisse train on the course of the Ronde van Vlaanderen:

2014 Volta ao Algarve Announce Teams
The organizers of the Volta ao Algarve, Portugal (UCI 2.1) confirms 19 teams and the top riders who will contest the five stages, with a summit finish in Malhao and a time trial.

Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish, Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Rui Costa, Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) are the main contenders. Simon Spilak (Katusha), Tiago Machado (Netapp-Endura), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo), Francisco Mancebo (SkyDive) or Wilco Kelderman ( Belkin).

Of the 19 teams, eight are WorldTour: Belkin, Europcar, FDJ.fr, Katusha, Lampre-Merida, Movistar, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step and Saxo-Tinkoff. ProContinental: Caja Rural, Cofidis, Netapp-Endura and Wanty-Groupe Gobert. SkyDive Dubai joins the Portuguese Continental teams; Banco BIC-Carmim, Efapel-Glassdrive, LA Alumínios-Antarte, Louletano-Dunas Douradas, OFM-Quinta da Lixa and Rádio Popular.

There is no shortage of sprinters with the trio of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step of Cavendish, Renshaw & Petacchi and Paul Martens (Belkin), Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr), Roberto Ferrari, Maximiliano Richeze and Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida), Francisco Windy (Movistar) or Lucas Haedo (SkyDive Dubai). For the time trial names like Tony Martin & Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida), Jerome Coppel (Cofidis), Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett & Adriano Malori (Movistar).

Belkin: Wilco Kelderman, Jack Bobridge, Marc Goos, Tom Leezer, Paul Martens, Bram Tankink, Sep Vanmarcke, Maarten Wynants.

Cofidis: Jeremy Bescond, Jerome Coppel, Julien Fouchard, Cyril Lemoine, Guillaume Levarlet, Adrien Petit, Florian Senechal, Rein Taaramae.

FDJ.fr: Arnaud Demare, Mickaël Delage, Alexrande Geniez, Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier, Laurent Mangel, Cedric Pineau, Geoffrey Soupe, Benoit Vaugrenard.

Katusha: Maxim Belkov, Segei Chernetckii, Marco Haller, Alexander Kolobnev, Dmitriy Kozonchuk, Alberto Losada, Simon Spilak, Eduard Vorganov.

Lampre-Merida: Rui Costa, Mattia Cattaneo, Kristijan Durasek, Roberto Ferrari, Sacha Modolo, Kan Polanc, Maximiliano Richeze, Nelson Oliveira, Christopher Horner.

Movistar: Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett, Jesus Herrada, Gorka Izaguirre, Pablo Alfaro, Adriano Malori, Enrique Sanz, Francisco Windy.

Netapp-Endura: Jan Barta, Iker Camano, Tiago Machado, José Mendes, Jonathan McEvoy, Erick Rowsell, Daniel Schorn, Paul Voss.

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step: Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish, Michal Kwiatkowski, Alessandro Petacchi, Mark Renshaw, Martin Velits, Julien Vermote, Michal Golas.

Tinkoff-Saxo: Alberto Contador, Chris Sorensen, Bruno Pires, Jesus Hernandez, Matteo Tosatto, Nicki Sorensen, Rafal Majka, Sérgio Paulinho.

SkyDive Dubai: Lucas Haedo, Francisco Mancebo, Oscar Pujol, Alexandr Pliuskin, Rafaa Chtioui, Adil Jelloul, Soufienne Haddi, Meher Hasnaoui.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert: Bjorn Leukemans, Vresse Laurens, Thomas de Gand, Jempi Drucker, Jan Ghyselinck, Wesley Kreder, J van Landschoot, Frederik Veuchelen.

2013 Volta ao Algarve stage 3 highlights:

2014 Paris-Nice Route Presented
Paris-Nice (March 9th to 16th) has revealed its route, without a time trial and with the climb of the Col d’Eze to decide the overall on the last stage.

Christian Prudhomme presented the race in the Yvelines Town Hall, which again will be the starting town. He described the race, “the elimination of the time trial leads to eight stages that are designed primarily as one-day classics,” which “means that strong time trialists will not be rewarded this year. The three previous winners: Tony Martin, Bradley Wiggins and Richie Porte, are going to suffer the most from this change.” It also means that the race distance is at a new record, 1,447 kilometres, the longest since 1968, a year that the ‘Race to the Sun’ was run over nine days.

As in previous editions, Paris-Nice starts in Les Yvelines. Stage tree will finish on the Circuit Magny Cours. The fourth day includes the climb to the Chain Monte Broully, a wall of 3 kilometres at 8.4% with ramps up to 25%. On the fifth day riders face a leg breaker of a day, following some of the same route as the 12th stage of the Tour de France.
The seventh stage has five classified climbs, two Cat 1, one Cat 2 and two Cat 3, with nowhere to rest between them. The Paris-Nice 2014 should be decided in the eighth and final act, with a menu of five climbs in just 128 kilometres, the last the Col d’Eze (4.3 kms / 6.7%) is 15 kilometres from the finish.

Bretagne – Séché Environnement, Cofidis and IAM Cycling are the three guest teams who will be starting with the 18 ProTour teams.

Race Route:
Stage 1: The Mantes-la-Jolie – Mantes-la-Jolie, 162.5 kms
Stage 2: Rambouillet – Saint-Georges-sur-Baulch, 205 kms
Stage 3: Toucy – Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, 180 kms
Stage 4: Nevers – Belleville, 201.5 kms
Stage 5: Chreches-sur-Saone – Rive-de-Gier, 152.5 kms
Stage 6: Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon – Fayence, 221.5 kms
Stage 7: Mougins – Biot Sophia Antipolis, 195.5 kms
Stage 8: Nice – Nice, 128 kms.

The last winner was Richie Porte, ahead of Andrew Talansky and Jean-Christophe Péraud, Bradley Wiggins won in 2012, Tony Martin in 2011, Alberto Contador in 2007 & 2010, Luis León Sánchez in 2009 and Davide Rebellin in 2008.

2014 Paris-Nice Route Map:

Extra Day for the Tour of Utah 2014
The Tour of Utah (UCI 2.1) has grown from six to seven days and expands its borders with a stage in Wyoming, and includes a new summit finish. The so-called “toughest American Race” will be held from 4th to the 10th of August and unveiled its route on the University of Utah.

The mountains will start in the third stage and the fourth presents the new summit finish in the ski resort of Powder Mountain. The next day, the race will leave Utah for the first time to start in Evanston, Wyoming to cross the Uinta mountain range to finish in Kamas. The key will be the sixth day, with the finish in Snowbird. The final stage will end in Park City.

The organization also announced the top six teams: Belkin Pro Cycling Team, BMC Racing Team, Orica-GreenEdge, Team Garmin-Sharp, Trek and Jelly Belly Factory Racing presented by Maxxis. The full list will be 16 teams.

Tom Danielson won last year, ahead of Chris Horner and Janier Acevedo, Johann Tschopp won in 2012 and Levi Leipheimer in 2011.

2014 Tour of Utah Route:
Stage 1: Cedar City
Stage 2: Panguitch – Torrey
Stage 3: Lehi – Miller Motorsports Park
Stage 4: Ogden – Powder Mountain
Stage 5: Evanston, Wyoming. – Kamas
Stage 6: Salt Lake City – Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Stage 7: Park City.

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah 2012: STAGE 1, Ogden to Ogden by uRidetv:

Vuelta a Andalucia Announce 13 Teams
The Vuelta a Andalucía (UCI 2.1), to be held between 19th and 23rd February, has announced the 13 teams of riders, six are from the WorldTour. Bradley Wiggins, Richie Porte, Bauke Mollema, Maxime Monfort, Marcel Kittel Dani Navarro, Luis Leon Sanchez, Gerald Ciolek, Jakob Fuglsang, Michele Scarponi and Davide Rebellin are the expected top performing riders in the South of Spain.

The 2014 Vuelta a Andalucía will be live on television thanks to an agreement with Eurosport to broadcast the signal internationally. Alejandro Valverde won the last two editions in 2012 and 2013.

Astana: Jakob Fuglsang, Michele Scarponi, Alexander Dyachenko, Tanel Kangert, Alexey Lutsenko, Dmitriy Muravyev and Andrey Zeits.

Belkin: Bauke Mollema, Jonathan Hivert, Laurens Ten Dam, David Tanner, Moreno Hofland, Nicky van der Lijke and Lars Petter Nordhaug.

Giant-Shimano: Tom Dumoulin, Marcel Kittel, Simon Geschke, Daan Olivier, Tom Veelers, Luka and Nikias Arndt Mezgec.

Lotto Belisol: Maxime Monfort, Bart de Clercq, Tim Wellens, Jelle Vanendert, Dennis Vanendert, Frederik Willems and Jens Debusschere.

Sky: Bradley Wiggins, Richie Porte, Edvald Boasson Hagem, Vasil Kiryienka, Peter Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas and Philip Deignan.

Trek: Markel Irizar, Haimar Zubeldia, Giacomo Nizzolo, Danilo Hondo, Jens Voigt, Kristof Vandewalle and Laurent Didier.

Caja Rural-RGA: Luis León Sánchez, Amets Txurruka, David Arroyo, Marcos Garcia, Lluis Mas and Davide Vigano.

CCC Polsat Polkowice: Davide Rebellin, Jacek Morajko, Branislau Samoilau, Adrian Honkisz, Taciak Mateusz, Marek Rutkiewicz and Bartlomiej Matysiak.

Cofidis: Jerome Coppel, Luis Ángel Maté, Dani Navarro, Stephane Poulhies, Yohan Bagot, Romain Hardy and Julien Simon.

MTN-Qhubeka: Gerald Ciolek, Ignatas Konovalovas, Andreas Stauff, Sergio Teal, Martin Reimer, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Jaco Venter.

Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Victor Campanaerts, Yves Lampaert, Tim de Clercq, Stijns Steels, Erward Theuns, Kenneth Vanbilsen and Tom van Asbroeck.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert: Baugnies Jerome Thomas Degand, Francis de Greef, Roy Jans, Kevin Seeldrayers, Nico Sijmens and Kevin van Melsen.

Active Jet: Lukasz Bodnar, Jesus Ezquerra, Pawel Franczak, Mario González, David Muntaner, Emanuel Piaskowy and Michal Podlaski.

Vuelta a Andalucia Route:
Prologue: Almería – Almería
Stage 1: Vélez Málaga – Jaén
Stage 2: La Guardia de Jaén – Cabra
Stage 3: Sanlúcar La Mayor – Seville
Stage 4: Ubrique – Fuengirola.

Tour of Britain Gets an Up-Grade
Britain’s national stage race has been given HC category for its 2014 edition. The race will run from the 7th to the 14th of September and is now on the same level as the up and coming Tour of Qatar and the USA’s Tour of California. Mick Bennett the race director for the organising company SweetSpot said after the announcement that “the award of 2.HC status is another step forward for The Tour of Britain, and we look forward to this September’s edition of the race being the best yet. The upgrade is also a reward for the many hundreds of thousands of spectators who have lined the route and cheered on the race over the past decade.” He added that “we are delighted by today’s announcement, which comes as a culmination of 10 years’ hard work by the SweetSpot team.”

Behind the Scenes, Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2013 by The Tour:

Cassani Gets the Italian Team Together
New Italy coach; Davide Cassani has called a meeting of 29 riders from February 26th and March 1st in Camaiore, with all the big names; Vincenzo Nibali, Filippo Pozzato and Ivan Basso present.

In a press conference in Rome, accompanied by President Renatto di Rocco, Cassani called the following riders: Agnoli, Gavazzi, Nibali, Vanotti, Pozzato, Ulissi, Modolo, Cunego, Basso, Caruso, Ratto, Marcato, De Marchi Moser, Battaglin, Colbrelli, Santaromita, Ponzi, Rabottini, Oss, Capecchi, Caruso, Tosatto and Malori as well as Pirazzi, Boaro, Coledan, Cataldo and Quinziato for the time trial.

“Wearing the Azzurri (Italian national team) jersey was the most beautiful thing in life. I love this sport, I could not say no. I realize what is truly cycling: road, track, mountain bike, BMX, all categories … I am optimistic about the national team, because we have riders who can do well,” explained Cassani and on the 11th, 12th and 13th of February he would inspect the course of this year’s World championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

On the track; Marco Villa has called seven riders to train at Fassa Bortolo Montichiari velodrome: Liam Bertazzo (Mg Kvis Wilier Trevigiani Norda), Francesco Ceci (Ceci Dreambike Team), Marco Coledan (Bardiani-CSF), Francesco Lamon (Team Colpack ), Riccardo Minali (General Store Bottoli Zardini Merida), Michele Scartezzini (Continental Team Astana) and Paolo Simion (As Mastromarco Dover).

2014 Giro d’Italia
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