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EuroTrash Thursday!

Another busy Thursday morning catching up with all the news flying about the world of cycling. Fabian confirms what most everyone thought was to be his future team and Saxo Bank, no sorry… Luxembourg lists all their riders for 2011. Vacansoliel do the same with Mosquera included, then we have Geox news and sprinters at Manchester track and…lots more!

Yes, Transfer News
Cancellara for Luxembourg…at last!
At last Fabian Cancellara has been confirmed to be riding for the Luxembourg Project, all the rumours had said that this would happen, but we were kept waiting. The official announcement said; The Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project is thrilled to announce that it has signed Fabian Cancellara to a contract that will see the Swiss powerhouse riding for the team for the next three years, by adding Cancellara’s name to the roster, the management has succeeded in gathering together one of the most formidable groups of riders in the sport today.” So there is the confirmation, and from Mr. Cancellara; “I had many interesting options, but in the end I knew that the project in Luxembourg would have all the ingredients I would need to continue improving myself without skipping a beat. It is a unique mix of familiar personalities with new surroundings which will ensure continuity while instilling a new motivation to make this project the most successful in cycling.”
The Complete Luxembourg Project Team:
Andy Schleck,
Frank Schleck,
Fabian Cancellara,
Jakob Fuglsang,
Dominic Klemme,
Anders Lund,
Jens Voigt,
Stuart O’Grady (all Saxo Bank),
Daniele Bennati &
Oliver Zaugg (Liquigas-Doimo),
Will Clarke (Ag2r stagiaire),
Stefan Denifl (Cervйlo Test Team),
Brice Feillu &
Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil),
Linus Gerdemann &
Fabian Wegmann (Team Milram),
Maxime Monfort (HTC-Columbia),
Giacomo Nizzolo &
Martin Pedersen (Footon Servetto),
Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Barbot-Siper),
Joost Posthuma &
Tom Stamsnijder (Rabobank),
Davide Vigano (Team Sky),
Robert Wagner (Skil-Shimano),
Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step).

Vacansoleil Team List for 2011
Newly ProTeam listed Vacansoleil-DCM has filled all its team places for next year and it includes Ezequiel Mosquera who is still waiting for a final ruling on his positive test at this year’s Vuelta of which he was second. Many of the squad are resigned from last year’s team with eight new riders including “Classics man” Stijn Devolder from Quick-Step.
Vacansoliel-DCM for 2011
Johnny Hoogerland,
Jens Mouris,
Lieuwen Westra,
Wout Poels,
Rob Ruygh,
Joost van Leijen,
Gorik Gardeyn,
Bjцrn Leukemans,
Frederik Veuchelen,
Marco Marcato,
Matteo Carrara,
Alberto Ongarato,
Riccardo Ricco,
Borut Bozic,
Sergey Lagutin,
Romain Feillu,
Michal Golas,
Martin Keizer,
Pim Ligthart,
Stijn Devolder,
Thomas de Gendt,
Ruslan Pidgornyy,
Maxim Belkov,
Mirko Selvaggi,
Ezequiel Mosquera.

Bankers till 2016!
At the Rabobank team launch it was announced that the team was secure until the end of 2016, meaning the team will have run for over 20 years. The jersey has changed for next season, still much the same orange and blue, but with a blue band across the middle and one white and one blue sleeve, but for sure it will be business as usual at the bank!

Yvon Sanquer out of Astana
Alexander Vinokourov has pointed out that: “We will most likely part ways with Sanquer, there is a problem,” Vinokourov told Astanafans.com. “Today, the head coach is Martinelli.” Sanquer took over the Astana team after Johan Bruyneel left with Lance Armstrong to run RadioShack. Giuseppe Martinelli has been with the team since last year and will now be the top man with the Kazakhstan team.

Elijzen to swap bike for car!
Michael Elijzen is finishing his race career to take his place behind the wheel of a team car. The Omega Pharma-Lotto rider has been a Pro since 2006, he was always a team rider but was quite handy against the clock wining the prologue of the Eneco Tour in 2007 and the 2up time trial, the Duo Normand, with Bradley Wiggins. He will be replacing the very experienced Henrik Redant who is going to the Australian Pegasus project.

Anti-Dopage News!
Igor gets two years
The Spanish Cycling Federation has announced that ex-world champion; Igor Astarloa has received a two year suspension from competition. He was one of the first riders to be sanctioned through irregularities recognised on his biological passport. Astarloa maintains that he has never failed a drug control and that: “I see that things aren’t fair.” He told Spanish sports paper El Mundo Deportivo. He added; “I think it is better to leave it and go with the good memories. I never tested positive.”

Geox-TMC holds first Training Camp
The new Team Geox-TMC will be getting together from today and until Saturday in Cantabria’s Hoznayo for their first meeting point before their professional debut in the 2011 season. The 22 confirmed riders of the squad directed by Mauro Gianetti will be staying for the whole four days of training camp at the Villa Pasiega hotel, where the riders’ schedule will be clarified. The first meeting will give time for all medical and physical checks before the season from the squad’s medical team. Workers from the Diadora brand will be personally defining with every single cyclist all aspects regarding their competition outfit and the teams brand new, innovative sport shoes. Besides, the riders will be getting their new Altamira Fuji bikes which will get them into a season that will start in the Argentinean Tour de San Luis -January 18th-24th.

Gianetti: “We’ll wait for Colli”
After the official confirmation from Daniele Colli on a benign tumor in his knee, the Team Geox-TMC wants to show full support to the rider, which will continue on the roster at the expense of his surgery and full recovery. The team’s general manager, Mauro Gianetti, said everyone was “very happy to know that the tumor he has is benign We knew of his situation and were always at his side, but it was obviously something personal that had to be made public by him, logically. The most important thing now is that he gets over this calmly, because all people in the team will be waiting for him for all the time he needs.” Colli had expected to travel yesterday to the training camp Geox-TMC is holding in Cantabria’s town of Hoznayo, but eventually discarded that option to focus on his recovery stage.

Race News:
ASO save U23 Paris-Roubaix
Tour de France organisers; Amaury Sport Organisation has come up with a plan to save the young version of the ProTeam Paris-Roubaix, which ASO also organise. VC Roubaix had announced that they could no longer afford to run the U23 race due to the price of the policing of the event. The 20,000Ђ extra has been found so the race can go ahead on the 29th of May 2011.

Most successful team in Le tour de Langkawi history makes come back
Under the successive team name changes of Scrigno-Gaerne, Navigare, Panaria and CSF, the Colnago-CSF of the Reverberi’s (father Bruno and son Roberto) is the most successful team in terms of stage wins in the history of Le Tour de Langkawi with 33 up to date. The Italian squad collected these triumphs from 1998 to 2009 but missed out on the 2010 edition of LTdL due to the clash with European events in March.

However, they kept the Malaysian event in mind and were the first team to enter for the sixteenth Tour de Langkawi that will be held from January 23 to February 1st. “We’re glad to come back because the organisation of the event is always great and this is for sure a nice experience for our young riders”, Roberto Reverberi said. He selected four neo professionals who will make their debut in the highest ranks when the race will kick off on the island of Langkawi and two riders in their second year pro. Alberto Contoli who will be with Colnago-CSF for the second season at the age of 23 is their designated climber for LTdL, while Andrea Piechele who transferred from Carmiooro-NGC will come to Malaysia as the team’s sprinter. He got several top ten placing in 2010, among which a second place at Circuit of Getxo in Spain.

Colnago-CSF’s four neo-pros at LTdL will be Paolo Locatelli, Omar Lombardi, Angelo Pagani and Andrea Pasqualon who are some of the most promising Italian talents. In the past, Reverberi’s team enjoyed successes in Malaysia with foreign riders such as Australia’s Graeme Brown, Nathan O’Neill and Brett Lancaster, Argentine’s Ruben Bongiorno and the Richeze brothers, Ukraine’s Sergey Matveyev, as well as Mexican Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio who won the Genting stage in 2000, but it’s now a fully Italian roster since the title sponsorship of the team has been taken over by legendary bike manufacturer Ernesto Colnago who enjoyed the unexpected stage win of Manuel Belletti at the 2010 Giro d’Italia in his home town of Cesenatico.

“Our strategy might change from the previous years since the mountain stages of Cameron and Genting Highlands are on day 4 and 5”, Reverberi noted. “That means from stage 6 onwards, there will be breakaways from far out that will have a chance to succeed. For young riders, it’s a great opportunity to get the experience to race as professionals. A positive thing is the pretty short distance of the stages; it suits the early season period. As always, we’ll do our best to make the most of the course.”

The Colnago-CSF team returns to Malaysia with the same spirit they had on their first Asian trip. That led Alessandro Petacchi to score the first win of his pro career in Mersing. That was to be followed by 145 more victories, including two at the 2010 Tour de France where he also won the points classification.

“Thanks to this team, one of the world’s best cyclists of the past decade has made Malaysia known worldwide because he scored his first pro win on our land”, said the CEO of Le Tour de Langkawi, Mohamed Salleh. “So it’s of course a great pleasure to welcome the team of the Reverberi family back to Malaysia. We’re sure they have loads of great new talents coming up and we look forward to see them in action again.”

Le Tour de Langkawi 2011 is organized by the Ministry Youth and Sports Malaysia together with the Malaysian National Cycling Federation. The 2011 Tour to be held from 23rd January to 1st February covers a total distance of 1315.4 kms with 10 stages, starting in Langkawi Island and ending at Dataran Merdeka.

Colnago CSF Proffesional Cycling Team line-up
Team Manager: Roberto REVERBERI
For the record, here are the 33 stage winners of the team in the history of LTdL:
1998: Mirko Rossato, stage 4; Alessandro Petacchi, stage 6; Dario Pieri, stage 8; Mirko Rossato, stage 9; Luca Cei, stage 12.
1999: Enrico Degano, stage 2; Enrico Degano, stage 7; Luca Cei, stage 12.
2000: Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio, stage 10.
2001: Enrico Degano, stage 2; Enrico Degano, stage 5; Nathan O’Neill, stage 10.
2002: Enrico Degano, stage 3; Graeme Brown, stage 6; Graeme Brown, stage 10.
2003: Graeme Brown, stage 5: Graeme Brown, stage 7; Ruben Bongiorno, stage 10.
2004: Brett Lancaster, stage 3; Ruben Bongiorno, stage 10.
2005: Graeme Brown, stage 1; Ruben Bongiorno, stage 2; Graeme Brown, stage 5, Ruben Bongiorno, stage 6; Graeme Brown, stage 7; Graeme Brown, stage 9; Graeme Brown, stage 10.
2006: Maximiliano Richeze, stage 1; Ruben Bongiorno, stage 2; Sergey Matveyev, stage 9.
2007: Maximiliano Richeze, stage 2.
2008: Filippo Savini, stage 8; Mauro Richeze, stage 9.

US composite team to race Israel’s first-ever UCI road race
A composite team of six elite-amateurs racers from the United States will toe the line and represent their country in Israel’s first-ever UCI road race, Shalosh Kalot, on March 19, 2011. The race, UCI 1.2, is presented by For Galilee Cycles.

The 180 km (112 mile) race starts in picturesque Rosh Pinna, one of the oldest towns in modern Israel, known for relaxing spas and breathtaking views of the Chula Valley.

Joshua Friedman, organizer of the American composite team, remarked that the race will show off Israel’s potential as a cycling destination, “I’m very excited to return to roads that I trained on back in 2006-2007 when I lived nearby. Shalosh Kalot is a great opportunity to showcase Israel’s beauty beyond the usual historic sites. It’s a place that cyclists should be flocking to as a winter training destination with great roads, food, people and culture.”

After the start in Rosh Pinna, the race continues downhill into a valley which attracts migratory birds from throughout the region and agrarians – the valley is home to some of Israel’s earliest modern agricultural villages.

Once in the valley, the race heads 30km north to the Goma Junction and then starts six and a half 15km circuits. At the completion of the circuits the race returns to Rosh Pinna via 2km of Strada Bianca and a 15km climb to the finish line.

The name of the race, Shalosh Kalot, is a tease to competitors versed in the Hebrew language – the phrase can mean “the three easy ones,” referring to a series of three climbs racers will tackle each time around the mid-race circuits. Organizers are hoping that the race name’s second meaning – “three brides” – will entice racers to return to race and train in coming years with its scenery and cultural offerings.

Fifteen to twenty teams will participate in Shalosh Kalot, including teams from Israel, Greece, Belgium, USA and Cameroon. The director of the event, Ido Syrkin, the first Israeli to win a UCI road race, invited Friedman and his team to compete. In response, Friedman, a Boston-area elite-amateur, recruited five other cyclists from the northeast to make the trip, where the team will go wheel-to-wheel with Europe’s best, despite the need to train through the long, cold winter.

Since 2004, For Galilee Cycles has been the premier junior development cycling team in Israel. Its races are always favorites on the Israeli national calendar, providing challenging courses in picturesque locations. The club also promoted Israel’s first-ever UCI mountain bike race in 2008. For Galilee Cycles’ mission is to promote cycling as a healthy, life-long activity for the youth of northern Israel. It is a registered non-profit.

For more on Shalosh Kalot and For Galilee Cycles visit: https://www.fgc.org.il/Page.asp?PiD=0.3&id=86.

Revolution Sprinters Return
The Revolution returns to the National Cycling Centre on Saturday 11th December, bringing a host of top sprinters to the penultimate event of the season.

To complement the strong endurance line up Revolution favourites Ross Edgar, Tuen Mulder and Craig MacLean will be joined by rising stars Dave Daniell and Roy Van Den Berg. The sprinters will bring some much needed firepower to some of the teams as the championship starts to firm up.

The competition is finely poised with Maxgear currently leading Team Sky by just two points. Le Col and Motorpoint share third spot on 14 points keeping them both in contention for the title.

The other teams are still in a shot of the podium so team CHEP will be hoping the debut of Olympic medalist and World Champion sprinter Craig MacLean will make the difference.

CHEP captain, MacLean, returns to Revolution for the first time this season after a busy year racing as a pilot with the Paralympics squad. “We’ve had a bit of an odd season in the Paralympics Squad as our World Championships, which were meant to be held around now, have been postponed,” explained MacLean.

He continued: “It’s now in the middle of March, so I’ve had a bit of downtime and an injury, but I’m working hard for Revolution 31 to support Team CHEP. Revolution will be a good test of where I am, and great preparation for my championships.”

MacLean was the team captain of last year’s Revolution Championship winners, the Slicks. The team was successful down to MacLean’s own personal performances with a bit of help from Bradley Wiggins and a formidable Future Stars squad. “I’ll do my best to score a few points for CHEP,” said MacLean. “Teams can often pick up some valuable points from the sprinters, but with the introduction of some riders, they’re often unknown quantities at this time of year, so I’ll be keeping an eye out and doing the best I can for the team.”

Full details of the event and teams are available on www.cyclingrevolution.com and tickets are available to purchase online or by calling 0843 208 1840.
Revolution was the first track cycling event in the world to be filmed in 3D!

Bike League, Lifeboat Events Team for Urban PressCamp™
Lifeboat Events announced today the launch of Urban PressCamp™. Created in cooperation with the League of American Bicyclists, Urban PressCamp is a unique media event providing transportation cycling brands intimate access to critical media outlets. Scheduled for March 6-8, 2011, the media event will bring leading asphalt and multi-modal bike and accessory brands together at the stunning House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., on the eve of the National Bike Summit. Manufacturers and suppliers will meet with journalists to promote their wares in an effort to raise their voice and bring attention to this important category.

The National Bike Summit, now in its eleventh year, brings cycling’s collective voice to Capitol Hill in the industry’s effort to lobby on behalf of alternative transportation issues and other topics affecting cycling. Urban PressCamp is designed to expose the brands deeply invested in the transportation segment and highlight the issues surrounding the market segment.

“There’s no better way to make the case for cycling than to have people get on a bike and ride. PressCamp participants will experience the incredible products available for today’s urban cyclist and see the potential bicycling has to improve the quality of life in our cities. The connection to the National Bike Summit, where the bicycling movement comes together to present one simple solution, is perfect,” commented Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists.

Urban PressCamp will open Sunday, March 6th with an evening reception. Monday, March 7th will feature media visits with the brands punctuated by an evening’s “Gentlemen’s Alleycat scavenger hunt,” culminating with dinner on the bike. Tuesday will be the final visitation day for journalists and a special VIP access to a limited number of retailers and advocates attending the National Bike Summit.

Urban PressCamp will be held at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., which houses the Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of Iceland and an ultramodern event center. A stunning example of contemporary Scandinavian architecture designed by Gert Wingеrdh and Tomas Hansen, House of Sweden is situated on the Potomac River wrapped by Rock Creek National Park, miles of bike paths and easy access to downtown. Learn more at houseofsweden.com.

Lifeboat Events is now accepting space contracts for Urban PressCamp, which will be limited to twenty brands. Interested brands can learn more about the event pricing and further details by visiting urbanpresscamp.com. For more information about this release or other Lifeboat Events properties, visit lifeboatevents.com or contact Christopher Zigmont at 978-239-2370 or [email protected]

London Hosts UK Launch of 7-Day Haute Route Cycle Challenge
Global sports marketing company, OC Thirdpole, will launch the full details of their new Haute Route cycle challenge to press in London on Tuesday, 7th December 2010 from 11.00am.

Haute Route will be the highest and most challenging amateur cycling event in Europe, and will use the backdrop of the legendary French Cols. The event starts on the 21st August 2011 and ends on the 27th August 2011.

From Geneva to Nice, participants will ride 716km in seven days, taking on 18,000m cumulative ascent and a staggering 14 Cols. Organised by OC Thirdpole, the event will utilise the outdoor events experience of the organisers, including Race Director Jean-Franзois Alcan, creator of L’Etape du Tour in 1992, and Director of the event until 2008.

While many events touch on the gruelling terrain of the Alps, the Haute Route visits more prestigious resorts and climb more mountains than anything before.
Riders can make it a personal challenge or enter as part of a team as they take on iconic climbs, such as, the Col du Galibier and, the highest of the whole route, the Cime de la Bonette standing at a staggering 2,802 metres.

OC Group and Thirdpole merged in September this year to create a leading global outdoor sports marketing group. Executive Chairman, Mark Turner set up OC Group in 1997 as Offshore Challenges principally to manage the sailing campaign of British solo sailing legend Dame Ellen MacArthur. ThirdPole was established in 2009 by Rйmi Duchemin and Benjamin Chandelier to deliver high-standard outdoor sports events.

The company brings a wealth of experience to this exciting cycle challenge with CEO Rйmi Duchemin coming from a career at ASO, where he worked mainly on the Tour de France. Duchemin has also organised the Geneva Marathon for Unicef and the Baithlon World Cup in Annecy. He co-created the Haute Route with Race Director Jean-Franзois Alcan, who created the L’Etape du Tour in 1992 and directed the event until 2008.

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