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EuroTrash Thursday!

A mixed bag of Euro Trash this Thursday; cyclo-cross and MTB results alongside the usual transfer news, throw in some World Championship news and new innovations from Rapha, then a couple of awards, Fuji bikes and even a frame lug company for sale! It’s all here in Euro Trash Thursday.

Race Results:
Chris Horner wins Spooky Cyclocross

For Chris Horner there was no better way to celebrate his 39th birthday than by participating in a bike race, so he started in his first cyclocross of the season and won it. In Irvine, CA, the fifth race of the Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross was The Spooky Cross at Hidden Valley, Camp James – a Halloween-themed cyclocross with a lot of music, madness and costumes.

“It was really fun”, explained Chris Horner. “The race was done under the lights at 8:30 PM, there were a lot of people and an amazing atmosphere. Apart from that the level of the race was not bad at all with all the best SoCal cyclocross riders. As Irvine is only one hour from my home, I really wanted to celebrate my birthday by doing that bike race. I ended the road season in the Tour of Lombardy with a good condition. It would have been a pity not to use that good shape. As I did in the past, I will probably do some more cyclocross races this winter, just for fun, without taking any risks. The 2011 road season for Team RadioShack is too important but at my age it is better not to take a too long winter rest.”

The 2010 season of Chris Horner was one of his best. He won the time trial and the overall classification in the Tour of the Basque Country and finished tenth in the Tour de France. Chris Horner also obtained top-ten places in the Tour of California, Dauphinй Libйrй, Critйrium International, Tour of Sardinia, Liиge-Bastogne-Liиge, Flиche Wallonne and Amstel Gold Race.

Vino takes the Chihuahua!
Alexandre Vinokourov won the Criterium Chihuahua in Mexico ahead of Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank). There were many Euro Pros up against some of the best Mexican riders on the 15 lap race on a 4.5 kilometre circuit. Amongst the Pros who were taking the race seriously were; Peter Sagan (Liquigas), Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d’Epargne), Alexander Kolobnev (Katusha) and Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank), but it was Vino who came out on top.

Australian Crocodile Trophy
The 10 day MTB race is nearly over, here is where we are up to:
Stage 5, Chillagoe – Chillagoe
Double-victory for Austria.
Completely by surprise, Christoph Tschellnig claimed a Boomerang for Austria. Today’s second, Philipp Ludescher, completed the successful day for his home country. Canadian Cory Wallace returned to his well-deserved third spot after two days of bad luck and mechanicals.
Neutralised Stage 6, Chillagoe – Mt Mulgrave
Trophy in mourning.
Due to a tragic fatality the sixth stage of the Crocodile Trophy was called off and today’s stage neutralised with the field of riders being guided to Mt Mulgrave. At six o’clock this morning the organisers and riders woke up to the terrible news that the Dutch rider Weit Heuker had passed away during the night from 23rd to 24th October. The 59-year old suffered from cardiovascular and circulatory failure and the doctors who had been called immediately could only diagnose his death.
Stage 7: Mt Mulgrave – Laura, 157km
Feel the heat.
Today the race leaders beat the seventh day itch: on the stage from Mt Mulgrave to Laura, which was marked with heat, wind, dust and river crossings, Bart Brentjens claimed stage win number three. The Dutch rider decided the sprint against Urs Huber (SUI) and Philipp Ludescher (AUT). Heroic was the performance of the Carinthian rider Christoph Sokoll: he finished despite a possible broken collar bone.
Stage 8: Laura – Cooktown, 141km
Second stage win for Estonia.
Allan Oras is the happy winner who claimed today’s prestigious stage with its arrival at Cooktown. The Canadian Cory Wallace and the overall leader Urs Huber (SUI) completed the podium high above the coastal town.
Stage 9: Cooktown – Ayton, 80km
Philipp Ludescher wins a tight race by seconds.
On a shortened stage through tropical rainforests the Austrian finally got himself the stage win and with it the highly desired Boomerang. The youngest participant of the Crocodile Trophy won over Allan Oras (EST) and Cory Wallace (CAN) in a thrilling finish sprint. Fellow-Austrian Christoph Sokoll had to watch the race, which had been cut short for the Carinthian rider due to a broken collar bone.
Croc Trophy Overall After Stage 9:
1. Urs Huber (Swi)in 28:11:45
2. Bart Brentjens (Ned) Trek Brentjens at 04:51
3. Mike Mulkens (Bel) at 34:47
4. Allan Oras (Est) Rietumu-Delfin at 53:38
5. Cory Wallace (Can) at 1:25:10
6. Christoph Tschellnig (Aut) morethanbike at 1:58:25.

Tranfer News:
Where will Pellizotti Go?
After recently being cleared of doping by the Italian Olympic Committee; Franco Pellizotti is looking for a new team for next year. His manager says that there are many teams looking to sign the Italian climber when he returns from his holiday. The list of interested teams does seem a little long; Sky, Astana, Geox, Movistar and Acqua & Sapone, or receive a new contract with his present team; Liquigas.

Alberio and Ratto, New Youngsters for GEOX-TMC
Always sticking to their project of a strong team that gives importance to future, the new Team Geox-TMC has recruited two of the best youngsters in the Italian scene: Tomas Alberio (Trevigiani Dynamon Bottoli) and Daniele Ratto (Carmiooro-NGC), both aged 21. Alberio, hailing from the province of Verona, is an all-rounder with good sprinting skills that excelled during the 2010 season in the most important amateur races, where we won the GP Industrie del Marmo and took 2rd in the prestigious GP Palio del Recioto, as well as notching the overall victory and two stages of the Giro do Rio (UCI 2.2), held on Brazilian soil.

In turn, Ratto, living near Lombardy’s Bergamo, completed an excellent season in 2010 as neo-pro, raising his arms as the winner of the UCI 1.1 GP Industria e Artigianato in Larciano and taking numerous top places in and out of his home country, turning this way as one of the main riders of the ProContinental Italian squad. Team’s General Manager Mauro Gianetti considers “the signings by Ratto and Alberio follow the ambitious line shared by our main sponsors, Geox and TMC, looking for a project on present, but also on future. The two, especially Ratto, who already tried the flavour of victory this season, have big talent and will be a good support for their leaders, but are also ready to be bringing good results right from new in some races.”

Two More for Sky
Jeremy Hunt and Davide Appollonio will be with the Sky team next year, it’s a case of the young and the old! Both riders are coming from the defunct Cervelo test team and between them have a load of experience. Jez Hunt has been around since he rode for Banesto with Miguel Indurain and has packed in lots of wins and been a great help to many team leaders over the years. Appollonio on the other hand is coming to the end of his first year as a Pro, but has a win and some good placings to his name already.

Team Boss; Dave Brailsford commented “Our two latest signings perfectly represent the mix of youth and experience which we are bringing to the team.”

Ђ710,000 Better Off Rasmussen
Michael Rasmussen will not have to pay anything of his wages from 2007, he was about to win the Tour de France when he was sent home by his team due to false statements on his whereabouts before the Tour. This follows on from the ruling that Alexandre Vinokourov didn’t have to pay anything when he was disqualified from the same tour for blood doping.

Although both riders had signed agreements that they would pay one year’s wages if they were found positive of any wrong doing, they and the UCI knew that it would be difficult to enforce.

2010 European Track Championships
Over 260 cyclists from 25 countries to participate.
The European Track Cycling Championships will be held in Warsaw, Poland from November 5th to the 7th.This will be the first continental series dedicated to riders in the elite category. All eyes will be on this event; just look at the number of riders who will be lining up for the start. Up to now 25 countries have announced their participation in this competition, and some national federations still have time to sign up for the action.

Countries actually participating in the event: Austria, Azerbaijan, Byelorussia, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Holland, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary.

All of track cycling’s elite will be there, including some stars from the highest international levels who already hold World titles and Olympic medals. All told, there will be more than 260 riders, men and women, who will be taking to the hardwood track at the BGZ Arena, the velodrome in Pruszkуw that already hosted the 2009 World Championships. Here they will battle it out for medals and the European Champions’ titles in various track categories.

These races will be very important, since they will assign points that will also go towards qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. Some of the specialties on the program are: Sprint, Keirin, Team Sprint, Team Pursuit, the Omninum, in which men and women race together, plus the Madison specialty that’s reserved for men only. And it’s not just about sport and cycling; as with all the best major events of this kind, athletes coming from all over Europe will combine their different languages and traditions to provide quite a unique, spectacular show.

For more information, visit the official website: eurotrack2010.

Norway want World Championships
World Champion; Thor Hushovd’s home country of Norway want to host the Championships in the future. Norway’s cycling federation president; Harald Tiedemann Hansen told Dagbladet “Norway would like to arrange to run the cycling world championship on home soil again.” The last Worlds in Oslo was won by a young chap called Lance Armstrong in 1993. The organizers would like to have the race in 2014, but the UCI have said that the earliest year that could be possible is 2016 as the 2011 Worlds will be in Copenhagen, so it would be too soon to have them in another Scandinavian country.

FUJI Bikes for GEOX-TMC in 2011
Fuji Bicycles officially announces today that it will sponsor the new professional cycling team Geox-TMC in 2011 as part of a multi-year agreement between the team, supported by Italian shoe manufacturer Geox and TMC Transformers (a leading brand in electric cast resin transformers) and the U.S.-based bicycle manufacturer.

In an agreement signed in August between Geox president Mario Moretti Polegato and Footon-Servetto general manager Mauro Gianetti, the Italian shoe company will take over as primary sponsor of Gianetti’s current squad, while Fuji Bicycles will continue as bike supplier. Geox will also have a women’s team in 2011 with Fuji Bicycles as bike supplier. Additionally, Geox will support a Belgian-American amateur squad (in 2010 Fuji Test Team) that will serve as the ProTour team’s satellite program.

Pat Cunnane, President of Advanced Sports International, parent company of Fuji Bicycles said the new sponsorship agreement is a positive step forward for the Fuji Bicycle brand. “We have worked with Mauro Gianetti for several years now as sponsors of the Fuji-Servetto and Footon-Servetto teams and we are very pleased to partner with him again for 2011 and beyond,” said Cunnane.

“The power racing in the Pro Tour has clearly been a major benefit to our brands (Fuji and Oval Concepts), as well as to our suppliers’ brands,” Cunnane continued. “We’ve shown our products can survive the rigors and punishment of the Tour de France, the Tour of Flanders and other major races under some of the best riders in the world and because of that we have gained immense credibility.”

The Geox-TMC pro squad as well as the amateur team will be riding Fuji ’s new ultralight road bike, the innovative Altamira. The elite women’s team, formerly the Safi-Pasta Zara team based in Italy , will be racing on Fuji ’s new women’s-specific carbon road model, the Supreme. All three teams will race on Fuji ’s D-6 time trial bike.

Mauro Gianetti, general manager of Team Geox-TMC explained “The debut of the Geox brand in cycling and the return by TMC is a project that wants to create more than just a cycling team. The objectives are not just to achieve important sporting results, the promotion of the Geox brand at an international level, the discovery and development of young talent but also the application of the patented technology of Geox for breathability. And we are confident that this continuing partnership with the Fuji Bicycle brand, already our great sponsor for two years, will enable us to reach our goals for the team.”

Gianetti has signed some top talent for the Geox-TMC squad for the 2011 season including 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and 2005 & 2007 Vuelta a Espaсa and 2009 Giro d’Italia winner Denis Menchov. Other riders signed to Team Geox-TMC in 2011 include Giampaolo Cheula, Rafael Valls, Arkaitz Duran, Noe Gianetti, Fabio Felline, Matthias Brandle and Marco Corti from Footon-Servetto, plus Spanish climber David De la Fuente from Astana, Fabio Duarte, Marko Kump, Matteo Pelucchi and Marcel Wyss.

The women’s team, called Diadora-Pasta Zara, is lead by team president Maurizio Fabretti. Diadora-Pasta Zara will feature Americans Mara Abbot, winner of the 2010 Giro d’Italia Femminile and Shelley Evans, U.S. National Criterium Champion. Russian Olga Zabelinskaya and Eleonora Patuzzo junior world champion in 2007 will also be key elements of the formation.

The international amateur squad, directed by Bernard Moerman, includes top-ranked amateurs former USA-military Champion Ian Holt, Peter Horn (USA), Aaron Pool (USA), Finland’s U23 champion Paavo Paajanen, Anthony Louis (Fr), Arne Casier (Bel) and Thomas VanHaecke (Bel).

Vйlo d’Or for Cancellara
The most prestigious award in cycling; the Vйlo d’Or has been given to Fabian Cancellara ahead of Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck. He joins previous winners, Contador, Bettini, Boonen, Armstrong, Cipollini and Indurain. The Vйlo d’Or for young riders was given to Andy Schleck and the French award to Thomas Voeckler. Cancellara has had another great season with his wins in Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders and the World TT champs (again). The only thing we don’t know is which team he will ride for next year? It looks he will be riding with the Schleck brothers at the Luxembourg Project.

A Rapha iPhone App and the Return of the Tailored Jacket
“Where the Hell is Fausto? “
iPhone App
“This one has been in the works for a while now. We here in the Portland office have tested the usability of it to a degree which no one should be subject to. With that being said, the final product is something that looks great and will actually be of use to you the rider. For one, you’ll know who is showing up for your rides and for two so that you can plan on a scapegoat to berate for the entirety of the ride. For us that is a guy by the name of Selman. He will be late to every single ride that we will do. Ever. But at least now we know where he is.

Keep checking the app store today and tomorrow. The way these things work are that you submit the final product to Apple and they hit the “Go” button when they are good and ready. Sometimes this takes ten days, sometimes less. We have been informed from the super secretive higher ups that run this type of thing that is will be available over the weekend. Take a look at a few of the screengrabs and let me know if you have more questions about the app.

Note: The app itself will be FREE. Tell your friends. Then meet up and ride with your friends”.

The Peloton
“Tim Kцlln has been working on this book for something close to six years, and Rouleur is proud to announce its release next month with a pre-order happening now. Kцlln’s work has been featured in Rouleur since its inception four years ago. His post race Paris Roubaix shower photography from that time (all jokes aside) is some of the best cycling photography in existence”.

Tailored Jacket
“The Tailored Jacket is back. Working with Timothy Everest to design this piece might have something to do with how quickly the jacket flew out of stock the last time around. Fortunately we had a second round of production in the works and it is now available. Slate and I saw a gentleman riding up the hill to work the other morning with a garment bag strapped to the front of his bike. He claimed that he rode with his suite like this every single day to the office. Slate clued him in to the fact that the cycling enhanced features of the Tailored Jacket would save him the time and trouble. He could actually ride to work in it! Crazy concepts here, I know”.

Criterium Race Report Contest
Criterium Coaching is holding a criterium race report contest. To enter, you need to write a race report about a criterium race that you did last season . The purpose behind this contest is to help promote the excitement, fear, adrenaline, pain, suffering, agony, and fun of Criterium Racing. Your race report will be a great way for you to relive a highlight of your past season, and help other racers. Everyone can learn a lot by your racing experiences both good and bad. Your race report does not need to be just about you winning the race. It could be about how much you suffered, crashed, attacked, helped a teammate, etc….. See the website for more details: criteriumcoaching.com.

Pacenti Sells BikeLugs.com
After more than a decade of producing proprietary lugs, fork crowns, BB shells and drop-outs, Kirk Pacenti has decided to sell BikeLugs.com to pursue other opportunities in the bicycle industry.

“I have really enjoyed serving the custom frame building community. But my goals have changed, and I want to focus on designing and producing more mainstream, consumer oriented bicycle components,” Pacenti said.

Pacenti recently took a position at Lynskey Performance Design as production manager, and he is leveraging the success of his 650b tire line to develop other products such as rims, handlebars, stems and seat posts.

“I am currently seeking financial partners to help grow Pacenti Cycle Design into a full fledged component brand on par with Ritchey, WTB and Syncros,” he added. “My ideal scenario would be to partner with a large bicycle manufacture and build a component brand similar to the Trek Bontrager model.”

Pacenti is currently talking with several potential buyers for the BikeLugs.com brand. Though nothing has been finalized yet, he hopes to complete the sale of BikeLugs.com by the end of the year. For more information contact [email protected]

Braveheart Fund Dinner
Mark Cavendish, David Millar, Matt Brammeier, Sean Kelly, Adam Blythe, Lizzie Armitstead and Charly Wegelius were all guests at the Braveheart Fund Dinner last Saturday. The evening netted 35,000 pounds to help Scottish cyclists achieve their dreams. One of the many riders helped by the fund; Charline Joiner won a silver medal at the recent Commonwealth Games and at the dinner she was presented as Braveheart cyclist of the year.

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