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EuroTrash Thursday!

There is just so much Trash in the in-tray that there isn’t even room for the Tour de France route that was announced this week! Don’t worry we will cover it separately tomorrow. Today we have the usual race results, food, films, bikes, births and competitions…oh! and yes more transfer news!

Tour de France 2011
ASO announced the route for the 2011 Tour de France on Tuesday to a mixed bag of reactions. Some like it, some not so sure, Andy Schleck says he can win it, Carlos Sastre wants Alpe d’Huez and some riders are not sure about the new points system for the Mountains and Points jerseys, basically there is too much to write here, so our panel of “experts” will convene and give you a full run-down on Friday. Then the Giro d’Italia will be announced on Saturday and we can do it all again next week!

Race Results:
Tour of Hainain
We left off on Monday with two stages to go in this hard fought Chinese stage race.
Stage 8 was a confusing stage as Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) won the sprint, but was declassed because he had ridden behind the team car after a puncture. The stage went to Russian; Alexei Markov, Valentin Iglinsky held on to the yellow jersey.
Stage 9 between Dongfang and Sanya was won this time for sure by Kenny van Hummel giving him four stage wins and Valentin Iglinsky of Astana confirmed his overall victory.

Tour of Hainan Final Result:
1. Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana in 26:49:23
2. Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto at 0:17
3. Alexei Markov (Rus) Russian Federation at 0:18
4. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly-Kenda at 0:21
5. Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
6. Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Kuota – Indeland at 0:23
7. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan at 0:25
8. Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil – Shimano at 0:27
9. Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Team Kuota – Indeland at 0:30
10. Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Ukraine
27. Alex Coutts (Scotland) Giant Asia at 0:42.

The “6 Days” of Amsterdam
Top track-men Franco Marvulli and Niki Terpstra took the lead on the first day and the first six teams are still on the same lap. With the weekend still to come there will be lot’s more action.
Amsterdam “6 Day’s” After Day 1:
1. Franco Marvulli / Niki Terpstra (Swi/Ned) 48 pts
2. Roger Kluge / Robert Bartko (Ger) 46 pts
3. Pim Ligthart / Jens Mouris (Ned) 46 pts
4. Wim Stroetinga / Leif Lampater (Ned/Ger) 40 pts
5. Yoeri Havik / Peter Schep (Ned) 40 pts
6. Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) 39 pts.

Australian Crocodile Trophy
Stage 1: A turbulent start to the ten-day MTB stage race in Australia: a mudslide caused by heavy rain forced the riders to divert from the original track. Last year’s winner Urs Huber (SUI) coped well with the restart and additional kilometers and got the stage win ahead of his strongest opponent, Bart Brentjens (NL).
Stage 2: Looks like the Granite Gorge stage was to Bart Brentjens liking. Like last year, the previous Olympic Winner and World Champion picked up his first Croc-stage win on the track through the Atherton Tablelands. And just like in 2009 the race was decided with a final sprint.
Croc Trophy Overall After Stage 2:
1. Urs Huber (Swi) in 4:59:21
2. Bart Brentjens (Ned) Trek Brentjens at 4:29
3. Cory Wallace (Can) at 16:45
4. Mike Mulkens (Bel) at 29:02
5. Allan Oras (Est) Rietumu-Delfin at 32:02
6. Philipp Ludescher (Aut) McSabutage at 38:06
7. Christoph Sokoll (Aut) at 43:25
8. Peter Van Mill (Ned) Jef Abels Bikes Gulpen at 46:25
9. Taigh Banson (Aus) Fraser and Mountain at 54:38
10. Christoph Tschellnig (Aut) morethanbike at 1:01:14.

Luis Leуn Sбnchez on Track!
If you were wondering why the Spanish Caisse d’Epargne rider Sбnchez was not at the Giro di Lombardia, well he was busy winning the Spanish team pursuit Championships in Mallorca. He had not ridden on the track for a few years, but was pleased to ride for his region of Murcia and help take the title. Now he is off to Holland to meet his new Rabobank team for next year.

Yes, Yet more Transfer News:
Mads for Saxo
Danish rider Mads Christensen has signed a one year contract with Saxo Bank-SunGuard for next season. Christensen has ridden at this level before with Quick-Step back in 2005, but after one year he moved on to Barloworld and then the Danish team Glud and Marstrand. “To become a member of Saxo Bank-SunGard is a personal victory for me,” he told the Saxo Bank web-site.

Four More for Luxembourg
The Schleck brothers may not have announced their main sponsor yet, but they keep making the team roster stronger. Four more riders join the un-named squad; sprinter Daniele Bennati along with fellow Italian Davide Viganт, Portuguese climber Bruno Pires and Italian neo-pro Giacomo Nizzolo have all joined up. Who is next, Cancellara?

End of the Road for Russ and Roels?
Two young riders might have to give up their dreams of Pro careers with the demise of the Milram team. Most of the other riders in the ex-team have found new homes, but Matthias Russ and Dominik Roels are facing a bleak time as their managers have come up against a brick wall. So anyone know a Pro team looking for a couple of handy riders?

Saxo Bank Sports Directors
Saxo Bank-Sungard proudly presents the line of experienced and highly skillful sports directors who will be guiding and managing the troops from the cars behind the peloton.

”Prior to the upcoming season, we have secured the Team a solid and interesting mix of new and experienced sports directors. Dan (Frost) and Brad (McGee) will pass on our philosophy and approach to the new members of the staff while Tristan (Hoffmann) is back in our line-up. He has been gaining experience and has matured as a sports director. With his thorough experience, he will be our strategist during the spring classics and I’m looking forward to welcoming him back to the Team,” comments team owner Bjarne Riis.

Dutchman, Tristan Hoffman is a former Riis Cycling rider and sports director and after a period of time with HTC-Columbia, he is back in the seat with Saxo Bank-SunGard. In his active career as a pro cyclist he was a cobblestone specialist and three times he finished among the four best in Paris-Roubaix. In 2004, he finished second behind Swede, Magnus Bдckstedt and ahead of Roger Hammond and Fabian Cancellara.

”I have had some good years as sports director at T-Mobile and HTC-Columbia where I gained four years of solid experience. However, it was always my dream to come back to Riis Cycling and now I received the offer from Bjarne (Riis). Primarily, my expertise is related to the French-Belgian one-day races. Now, I’m looking forward to meeting old and new friends,” says Dutchman Tristan Hoffman.

Another familiar name on the Team is the new Italian sports director, Fabrizio Guidi who was riding for Riis Cycling in 2004 and 2005. Fabrizio Guidi ended his active career in 2007 and achieved no less than 40 pro wins primarily because of his powerful sprinter abilities. On the top of the list are three Tour of Spain stage victories, two Giro d’Italia stage victories and three times he won the Intergiro competition in the grand Tour of his home country.

”I’m honored and proud to become a part of one of the best cycling teams in the world where I get to develop and shape some of the biggest talents. To have this kind of influence is thrilling and I’ll do my very best to contribute to the achievement of our goals,” says the Italian sports director.

One of the two sports directors continuing is Dan Frost who has been with the Team since 2006. The skilful Dane is a former World and Olympic point race medallist on the track and has conquered numerous Danish championships.

”The coming season will be so exciting. With so many new faces on the team, Brad (McGee) and I must make sure that everyone is integrated into the spirit and philosophy that has always existed on this team. In the time to come, we will be handing out the responsibilities and I’m really looking forward to meeting all the members of the team, both riders and staff,” comments sports director, Dan Frost.

Also Aussie, Bradley McGee stays with the team in the upcoming season. The powerful former professional has been wearing the leader’s jersey in all three grand Tours mostly because of his capacity as time trialist. His raging pace also provided him several Olympic and World championship medals and records.

Philippe Mauduit is one of the new sport directors on the team. After finishing his own professional active career in 1999, he has gained experience from places like China and Japan before returning to Europe and Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 2004. Now, he leaves Cervelo to join Saxo Bank-SunGard:

“Every year since I started my career as sports director, I’ve set new goals for myself to secure my own development and in this job, aspects like psychology, coaching, fitness, communication, diet, strategy and tactics play a huge role. At the future Saxo Bank-SunGard team, I’ll get the chance to shape the riders while at the same time working with people who can teach me as well,” tells Frenchman Philippe Mauduit.

Last but not least, Saxo Bank-SunGard will introduce a new acquaintance by welcoming Aussie, Nicolas Gates on the team. As a former professional cyclist at Silence-Lotto, he has gained experience in all three major tours and has been participating in the world championships several times. Now, he’s facing a new challenge by becoming Saxo Bank-SunGard sports director:

I’m very excited about working with Bjarne Riis and of course the rest of the Saxo Bank-SunGard staff in 2011. After a briefing with team management I didn’t hesitate joining the team which has a unique culture and values I certainly approve. I’m honoured to be getting this opportunity with one of the best teams in the world,” ends Nicolas Gates.

More Bad News for Jan Bakelants
Omega Pharma rider Jan Bakelants crashed during Saturday’s Giro de Lombardia on the descent of the Colma di Sormano. Originally a broken Elbow and wrist was diagnosed, now it transpires he also has a broken knee cap. “A Garmin team car misjudged a turn. He hit the brakes hard, and I couldn’t help but follow him, and there I went. Normally, I would start my vacation now. This cast is a disappointment. Even worse, I will have it for six weeks, meaning my preparation for next season will be disturbed,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws.

Carlos Sastre for All Grand Tours
Sastre’s new Geox team are hopeful of invitations for all the Big Tours next year as their main man wants to start them all, again! With the team also having Denis Menchov at the helm he could take one of them off, but they want to get invites even if they are not a ProTour team, if not they could be a Wildcard entry.

HTC to Ride Specialized
Next year the HTC-Highroad team will ride the same bikes as Saxo Bank and Astana, yes Specialized Bikes have added the team of “Super Sprinter” Mark Cavendish to their list of teams. The deal is described as “multi-year partnership” with no defined end date. Scott (HTC’s previous bike) had already announced that they would be supplying the Australian Pegasus Racing project.

Doping News:
Costa’s keep it in the family!
Portuguese brother’s Rui and Mario Costa have been found positive for Methyhexanamine in a test during the Portuguese national championships, Riu won the TT champs with Mario third. Mario rides for the Barbot team and Riu rode for Caisse d’Epargne and wanted to carry on with Movistar, but had a disagreement with team manager Eusebio Unzue and would not have been kept on. Riu Costa claims innocence as he thinks he received it in a diet supplement.

Vino to keep Cash
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has found against the UCI and in favour of Alexandre Vinokourov on him paying a year’s salary (1.2million Ђ), due to his 2007 positive for a blood transfusion during the Tour de France. It seems that the UCI does not have a sufficient legal basis to claim the money, even as the riders had signed the agreement.

Iljo Keisse for Gent 6?
Local Hero; Iljo Keisse might ride the “6 Day’s” of Gent, depending on the Court of Appeal. The judge in charge of the case has promised to come to a decision by the 15th of November, just in time for his local 6 Day’s. He is in training just in case it goes his way, as he said on Belgian Radio 2 “I’m preparing for the Six Day at least to make sure that I’m ready in case I can race again.”

Catch the Holiday Spirit with CLIF® BAR Seasonal Flavors
1 Percent of Net Proceeds to Benefit Winter Wildlands Alliance
CLIF BAR’s popular seasonal flavors have returned with an added benefit this year: The holiday spirit of giving back.

The flavor trio tastes like home-baked holiday treats and yet still has CLIF’s athlete-crafted blend of carbohydrates, protein and fiber for sustained energy. The flavors – Cranberry Orange Nut Bread, Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie – are made with organic and all-natural ingredients. They are available nationwide now through the holiday season while supplies last (SRP: $1.39).

New this year to the seasonal flavor campaign, CLIF BAR will donate 1 percent of net sales to Winter Wildlands Alliance, the first and only national organization that works on behalf of skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, winter hikers and other outdoor adventurers to address national issues that impact our winter wildlands.

“Once again this year we received a lot of phone calls and emails asking when our holiday-inspired flavors would be available. Well, the wait is over,” said Carly Lutz, Clif brand director. “And this year we’re proud to support Winter Wildlands Alliance in its preservation efforts – a cause anyone who enjoys outdoor winter adventures can get behind.”

The three limited-edition bars join 15 year-round CLIF BAR flavors, all made with whole ingredients you can see and taste, such as oats, fruit and nuts. CLIF BARs also serve as a good source of protein and fiber, which help the body digest carbohydrates slowly to deliver sustained energy. In addition, CLIF BARs are free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors, sweeteners and preservatives.

CLIF BAR is the market’s best-selling energy bar in grocery and natural food stores, according to The Nielsen Company and SPINS.

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Neil Pryde Bikes Competition
The new range of NeilPryde bikes was launched in August and they want to let you know about a new competition launching today and running until mid-November.

“Since our launch we’ve been working hard to find passionate riders from all over the world to join our new Epic Rider project, and now we’re on a mission to find even more. The Epic Rider project is about NeilPryde sponsoring riders who eat, sleep, and breathe road bikes. Not the Pros, and not racers, but cyclists. Guys who are passionate about cycling, ride in great locations, and are bang up to date with all the latest developments in road bikes. It’s also important that they’re outgoing, entertaining, and have something interesting to say about their passion. We’ll listen to their story, and if they fit the bill, sponsor them with a new NeilPryde bike of their choice to ride for a year.”

You can find out more information and sign up through www.neilprydebikes.com.

‘CHASING LEGENDS’ and Tour de France Cycling Heroes in Cinemas across Europe for 1 night only: Thursday 21st October
Film to be accompanied by live Q&A with Mark Cavendish beamed by satellite
to over 50 sites across the UK and Europe

‘Chasing Legends’, the acclaimed documentary about the Tour de France, is to be released in cinemas across Europe, accompanied by a Q&A session beamed live via satellite from London’s O2 Cinema. The Gripped Films production is being distributed by Arts Alliance Media, in association with Evans Cycles and Creative Direction.

The exclusive live Q&A will feature the ‘fastest man on two wheels’, British cycling star Mark Cavendish, who stars in the film, as well as the film’s director Jason Berry, and legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett. Audience members will get the chance to submit questions for the panel in advance via the film’s website or AAM’s Twitter page.

‘Chasing Legends’ documents the intense journey through the most arduous bike race on the planet, the Tour de France, and follows the story of the 2009 Team HTC-Columbia from the Monaco Prologue into the Pyrenees, via the Alps and finally into Paris. Narrated by Phil Liggett, the film features a cast of the sport’s most venerated heroes, including Eddy Merckx and Lance Armstrong, as well as stars of today including George Hincapie and Jens Voigt. The film delves into the rich history, passion and true grit of The Tour, as seen through the eyes of Team HTC-Columbia and protagonist sprinter Mark Cavendish, and shows the highs, lows, triumphs and tragedies of those that make it through three long weeks of blood, sweat and tears to the fanfare and glory that awaits on the Champs Elysees.

Using totally original footage and a stunning array of HD cameras mounted on bikes, cars, helicopters and helmets, Chasing Legends takes viewers inside the pro peloton on a roller coaster ride of action, history and emotion. The movie tracks the humble but no-less heroic origins of ‘Le
Tour’, from the inaugural 1903 event to what has become the modern-day epic, turning Team HTC-Columbia ‘inside out’ during the 2009 Tour. Presented in stunning 2k digital cinema, with a fully orchestrated original soundtrack composed by Haik Naltchayan, Chasing Legends, already acclaimed in the US, will be shown in cinemas for one night only, on Thursday 21st October.

A full and up to date list of cinemas in Europe screening the film can be seen on the official website: https://chasinglegends.com/film_tour/. Questions for the Q&A can be submitted via the website, by email to [email protected]

“Pure Visual Adrenaline!” – CycleSport Magazine
“An Instant Classic!” – Road Magazine
“Intense. Daring. Majestic.” – VeloNews
“Gripping! Compelling!” – Los Angeles Times.

Britain Scraps Aircraft carrier, but keeps Cycling!
British Cycling in response to the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review announcement: Chief Executive, Ian Drake, said:

“We fully appreciate the current economic climate and the tough decisions that have to be made. In that context, the fact that both UK Sport and Sport England are able to commit to existing funding levels through to March 2013 is extremely welcome news. Vitally, this creates the stability we need to focus on the job in hand ahead of London 2012, both in terms of elite performances and the wider growth and development of our sport.

“It is no surprise that the picture will change post-2012 and over the past 18 months we have already prepared for this by working hard to grow other revenue streams through membership and commercial partnerships, such as with our principal partner British Sky Broadcasting. That work will continue to ensure we will be well placed to build further on the excellent momentum gained over the past few years across all areas of activity.”

Armstrong News:
Another Armstrong
Armstrong child No. 5 came into the world on Monday; Olivia Marie’s birth was announced by the proud father on Twitter and following on the tradition she had has her own Twitter address @cincoarmstrong.

Armstrong on Film
Actor Matt Damon will be involved in an upcoming documentary about Lance Armstrong; he will be narrating the Alex Gibney film which is due for viewing sometime next year. It is said to be based mostly on his 2009 come-back.

The Rain Jacket Of The Pros
Most of the time, we can get the kit of the pros without too much hassle, but certain items are often not available. The rain jackets worn by the ProTour riders through hours and hours of cold rain are one of those items.

Colorado-based company, Curve, is looking to close that gap for a limited time and is offering the form fitting, black jacket to the public. It’s going to set you back a few dollars though – to the tune of 200.

It’s a great piece of kit and worth checking out, just don’t think about it too much – orders are due no later than tomorrow morning.

For more information head to Curve’s website.


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