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EuroTrash Thursday!

Thursday’s EuroTrash is always a mixed bag and today is no different. We start with the “Top Story” which is my choice of the most interesting/provocative happening of the moment and well…Paul Kimmage is not shy of controversy, that’s for sure. La Vuelta, UCI, Leopard, Rotterdam 6, doping news etc. So much EuroTrash to sift through.

Top Story
When Pez said I should pick a story from the weeks news to make a “Top Story” I thought it would be easy, but there are always more than one interesting story at the same time. I decided to go with the Paul Kimmage interview on NOS TV. Personally I’m not sure what Kimmage is trying to achieve and whether he is going about it the correct way, but he is either a very brave or a very stupid man. Take a look and see what you think:

Vuelta a Espaсa route announced
Vuelta organisers; Unipublic unveiled the route for the 2011 race in the new auditorium of Alicante on Wednesday. I was there and you can read about my day at the presentation on PEZ soon, but we can have a look at the course anyway. It’s not a sprinters race, there are a few stages for the fast finishers, but the overall opinion of the riders at the presentation in Alicante is that it’s a climber’s course; Carlos Sastre even thanked the “Grand Tour” organisers for giving the climbers their chance to shine. There are some new climbs and the Angliru and La Covatilla make a return, just like the Basque Country which has been off the race itinerary for 33 years. We will do a more in depth look at La Vuelta a Espaсa later, but here is the stage list:
La Vuelta a Espaсa 2011
1. Team time-trial. Benidorm > Benidorm 16,0km.
2. Flat. La Nucнa > Playas de Orihuela 171,5km.
3. Flat. Petrer > Totana 164,0km.
4. Mountains. Baza > Sierra Nevada 172,0km.
5. Flat. Sierra Nevada > Valdepeсas de Jaйn 200,0km.
6. Flat. Ъbeda > Cуrdoba 185,7km.
7. Flat. Almadйn > Talavera de la Reina 185,0km.
8. Mountains. Talavera de la Reina > San Lorenzo de El Escorial 182,0km.
9. Mountains. Villacastнn > Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla 179,5km.
10. Time-trial. Salamanca > Salamanca 40,0km.
Rest Day.
11. Mountains. Verнn > Estaciуn de Esquн Alto de la Manzaneda. 171,0km.
12. Flat. Ponteareas > Pontevedra 160,0km.
13. Mountains. Sarria > Ponferrada 150,0km.
14. Mountains. Astorga > La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo 173,2km.
15. Mountains. Avilйs > Anglirъ 144,0km.
Rest Day.
16. Flat. Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia) > Haro 180,0km.
17. Mountains. Faustino V > Peсa Cabarga 212,5km.
18. Mountains. Solares > Noja 169,7km.
19. Flat. Noja > Bilbao 157,9km.
20. Mountains. Bilbao > Vitoria 187,0km.
21. Flat. Circuito del Jarama > Madrid 94,0km.

Stam/van Bon win Rotterdam 6
After a very close battle on the last night three teams were all on the same lap, Stam/van Bon took it by 2 points, read on…
Rotterdam “6 Days” action
Day 4: Peter Schep and Theo Bos took the lead from Stam/van Bon buy taking a lap and a points lead at the same time. Bartko/Ligthart was in 3rd, but Keisse/De Ketele lost 2 laps and was in 4th place.
Day 5: All change again as Kiesse/De Ketele take the lead back on the same lap as Schep/Bos (2nd), Stam/van Bon (3rd) and Bartko/Ligthart (4th).
Day 6: Bad news for Theo Bos as he had to abandon before the start of the last day. With three teams on the same lap, the final result came down to the points difference and Danny Stam and Leon van Bon came out on top with 286 points from De Ketele/Keisse with 284 and 3rd Bartko/Ligthart on 231 points.

Top Leopard-Trek team for Ruta del Sol
The new Luxembourg Project team; Leopard-Trek have announced a very strong line-up for the Ruta del Sol in Andalucнa starting on February the 20th and finishing on the 24th. The Ruta has always been a hard fought race to show how the riders form has come through the winter; the race normally has an individual time trial and a good amount of climbing.
Leopard-Trek team for the Ruta del Sol
Andy Schleck,
Frank Schleck,
Linus Gerdemann,
Maxime Monfort,
Jens Voigt,
Anders Lund,
Stefan Denifl.

Xavier Florencio for Geox-TMC
With the folding of the Cervelo Test team at the end of 2010, Xavier Florencio was without a team for this year. At the last minute he has successfully been snapped up by ProConti team; Geox-TMC to ride along side Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov. The 31 year old turned professional in 2001 for ONCE, then for Relax and Bouygues Telecom before Cervelo. He joins the team at their training camp in Tarragona, Spain.

Dessel won’t start Tour de San Luis
Cyril Dessel of Ag2r will not be lining up in the Tour de San Luis in Argentina due to acute prostatitis, which is a urinary infection that inflames the prostate gland. He will have to rest for over a month, but he still has the Giro d’Italia as his main target.
Ag2r team for Tour de San Luis:
Julien Berard,
Guillaume Bonnafond,
Ben Gastauer,
Sйbastien Hinault,
David Le Lay,
Matteo Montaguti.

New jersey for The Shack
Nice new kit for the RadioShack rider for the Tour Down Under. It’s similar to the old one but with more white on the body and an enormous red “R” front and back and red shoulders, classic black shorts with “THE SHACK” down the sides. Not sure about the socks!

UCI labels not popular
The bike industry is not too pleased with the “Approved by UCI” labels system. According to Bike BIZ “UCI will bankrupt bike makers, says Masiguy.” Tim ‘Masiguy’ Jackson the Brand manager of Masi Bicycles, USA told them. He added: “Sounds very much to me that UCI is working in a special little vacuum, only communicating with parties who pay extra to work with them or who are “sponsors” of UCI programs.

“UCI continues to ignore and abuse smaller companies. There will be deep fallout and it is not good for the business or the sport- it only benefits the UCI.“It will lead to more consolidation for bigger brands. It’s sad that the UCI has to resort to extortion simply because they can’t write rules that can be applied uniformly.

“When they have the blood on their hands of products and brands going away, it will be sickening. There will be bikes that never see the light of day now. I know of at least one not likely to. This UCI extortion will squash innovation and bankrupt smaller companies into extinction. Smaller companies have it hard enough already, this new rule will drive them out of race support altogether. It’s a travesty.”

Doping News
The ex-mountain biker; Alberto Leуn who has been implicated in “Operaciуn Puerto” and more recently “Operaciуn Galgo” has been found dead in his home near Madrid. El Mundo.es reported that the 37 year old was found by his brother in his house in San Lorenzo de El Escorial in the north of Madrid. On top of his drug investigation his wife had filled for a divorce which had caused a severe depression. Depending on the court cases he could have been facing a custodial sentence.

Di Luca to ride for Katusha for free!
Dani Di Luca will be hoping to return to the top with Russian ProTeam Katusha this year after his suspension for testing positive for CERA during the 2009 Giro d’Italia which he finished second. His deal with Katusha is that he will be paid on his performance. This causes another problem as ProTeam rider are meant to be paid a minimum of 50,000Ђ a year, Di Luca owes the UCI 200,000Ђ because of his positive. Di Luca wants to ride this year’s Giro d’Italia, but this depends on the organisers RCS who may not want him. Katusha have said they would pay Di Luca if the UCI insists.

WADA say plasticizer levels are an important guide
WADA say that researchers have stated: “Significantly increased levels of secondary DEHP metabolites were found in urine samples of transfused patients, strongly indicating blood transfusion.” This could have great bearing on the Alberto Contador case which is still on-going.

UCI: RFEC must make Contador decision solo
It had been reported that the Spanish cycling Federation (RFEC) asked for the UCI and WADA to give their opinions on the Alberto Conatador case. This was hoped to streamline the case, hopefully cut costs and save any re-trials or subsequent appeals. The UCI have reiterated that; “the RFEC’s action is purely consultative as the responsibility for the decision at this stage of a disciplinary procedure lies solely with the rider’s National Federation.” So it looks like the case could go on for a long time!

McQuaid doubts Tour ride for Contador
“It’s not a good place for Contador to be at the moment, we could assume that it’s a possibility that he will not be at the Tour de France.” Pat McQuaid, the UCI president told Reuters. This does not look good for the Madrid resident as McQuaid added: “Several other guys will be looking to move up. In every sport, some big stars have left and the sport has not suffered from it.”

The Tour Down Under start list
The first ProTeam race of the year kicks off in Australia on the 18th and finishes on the 23rd of January in and around the city of Adelaide. With top sprinters; Greipel, Cavendish and Farrar it should be interesting. There are also many other strong riders in the field, but much will depend on what their plans are for the European spring campaign.
Teams for the Tour Down Under:
Omega Pharma-Lotto
Manager: Herman Frison (Belgium)
1. GREIPEL Andre (Germany)
2. VAN DE WALLE Jurgen (Belgium)
3. HANSEN Adam (Australia)
4. KAISEN Olivier (Belgium)
5. REYNES Vicente (Spain)
6. ROELANDTS Jurgen (Belgium)
7. SEIBERG Marcel (Germany)
RadioShack
Manager: Jose Azevedo (Portugal)
11. ARMSTRONG Lance (USA)
12. McEWEN Robbie (Australia)
13. CARDOSO Manuel (Portugal)
14. HERMANS Ben (Belgium)
15. IRIZAR Markel (Spain)
16. HUNTER Robbie (South Africa)
17. RAST Gregory (Switzerland)
HTC-Highroad
Manager: Allan Peiper (Australia)
21. CAVENDISH Mark (Great Britain)
22. EISEL Bernhard (Austria)
23. GOSS Matt (Australia)
24. GRABSCH Bert (Germany)
25. PATE Danny (USA)
26. RENSHAW Mark (Australia)
27. ROULSTON Hayden (New Zealand)
Garmin-Cervelo
Manager: Matthew White (Australia)
31. FARRAR Tyler (USA)
32. BOBRIDGE Jack (Australia)
33. DEAN Julian (New Zealand)
34. LANCASTER Brett (Australia)
35. MEYER Cameron (Australia)
36. WILSON Matthew (Australia)
37. MEYER Travis (Australia)
Rabobank
Manager: Adri van Houwelingen (Netherlands)
41. BROWN Graeme (Australia)
42. LEEZER Tom (Netherlands)
43. MATTHEWS Michael (Australia)
44. ten DAM Laurens (Netherlands)
45. van EMDEN Jos (Netherlands)
46. VERMELTFOORT Coen (Netherlands)
47. WEENING Pieter (Netherlands)
Team Sky
Manager: Sean Yates (Great Britain)
51. ROGERS Michael (Australia)
52. THOMAS Geraint (Great Britain)
53. GERRANS Simon (Australia)
54. HENDERSON Greg (New Zealand)
55. SUTTON Chris (Australia)
56. SWIFT Ben (Great Britain)
57. HAYMAN Mathew (Australia)
Astana
Manager: Guido Bontempi (Italy)
61. DAVIS Allan (Australia)
62. CLARKE Simon (Australia)
63. GOUROV Maxim (Kazakhstan)
64. GRIVKO Andriy (Ukraine)
65. IGLINSKIY Valentin (Kazakhstan)
66. KANGERT Tanel (Estonia)
67. NEPOMNYACHSHIY Yevgeniy (Kazakhstan)
Leopard-Trek
Manager: Lars Michaelsen (Denmark)
71. O’GRADY Stuart (Australia)
72. PEDERSEN Martin DEN
73. DENIFL Stefan (Austria)
74. VIGANO Davide (Italy)
75. KRISTEN MORTENSEN Martin (Denmark)
76. CLARKE William (Australia)
77. SILVA PIRES Bruno Manuel (Portugal)
Quick-Step
Manager: Rik van Slycke (Belgium)
81. CHICCHI Francesco (Italy)
82. BANDIERA Marco (Italy)
83. CIOLEK Gerald (Germany)
84. ENGELS Addy (Netherlands)
85. MALACARNE Davide (Italy)
86. REDA Francesco (Italy)
87. VERMOTE Julien (Belgium)
Katusha
Manager: Dmitriy Konychev (Russia)
91. GALIMZYANOV Denis (Russia)
92. HORRACH Juan (Spain)
93. IVANOV Sergei (Russia)
94. KUCHYNSKI Aliaksandr (Belarus)
95. TRUSOV Nikolay (Russia)
96. VANDENBERGH Stijn (Belgium)
97. VORGANOV Eduard (Russia)
Ag2r La Mondiale
Manager: Laurent Biondi (Fra)
101. LOUBET Julien (France)
102. CHAMPION Dimitri (France)
103. PERGET Mathieu (France)
104. GODDAERT Kristof (Belgium)
105. HOUANARD Steve (France)
106. KADRI Blel (France)
107. KRIVTSOV Yuriy (France)
Lampre-ISD
Manager: Bruno Vicino (Italy)
111. BALLONI Alfredo (Italy)
112. PEREZ ARRIETA Aitor (Spain)
113. BONO Matteo (Italy)
114. BUTS Vitaliy (Ukraine)
115. MORI Manuele (Italy)
116. SPEZIALETTI Alessandro (Italy)
117. RIGHI Daniele (Italy)
Liquigas-Cannondale
Manager: Dario Mariuzzo (Italy)
121. CIMOLAI Davide (Italy)
122. KOREN Kristijan (Slovenia)
123. MARANGONI Alan (Italy)
124. SABATINI Fabio (Italy)
125. PONZI Simone (Italy)
126. VIVIANI Elia (Italy)
127. WURF Cameron (Australia)
BMC Racing Team
Manager: Michael Sayers (USA)
131. BALLAN Alessandro (Italy)
132. KRISTOFF Alexander (Norway)
133. MURPHY John (USA)
134. ZAHNER Simon SUI
135. ROE Timothy (Australia)
136. KOHLER Martin (Switzerland)
137. MOINARD Amael (France)
Saxo Bank-SunGard
Manager: Bradley McGee (Aus)
141. PORTE Richie (Australia)
142. HAEDO Juan Jose (Argentina)
143. COOKE Baden (Australia)
144. SORENSEN Nicki (Denmark)
145. TANNER David (Australia)
146. HAEDO Sebastian (Argentina)
147. VANDBORG Brian (Denmark)
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Manager: Josu Larrazabal (Spain)
151. ISASI Iaki (Spain)
152. IZAGIRRE Gorka (Spain)
153. MINGUEZ Miguel (Spain)
154. IZAGIRRE Ion (Spain)
155. PEREZ Ruben (Spain)
156. SESMA Daniel (Spain)
157. VELASCO Ivan (Spain)
Movistar
Manager: Jose Luis Arrieta (Spain)
161. ROJAS Jose Joaquin (Spain)
162. GUTIERREZ Jose Ivan (Spain)
163. LOPEZ David (Spain)
164. MADRAZO Angel (Spain)
165. PASAMONTES Luis (Spain)
166. GARCIA Jose Vicente (Spain)
167. VENTOSO Francisco (Spain)
Vacansoleil-DCM
Manager: Michel Cornelisse (Netherlands)
171. FEILLU Romain (France)
172. RUIJGH Rob (Netherlands)
173. DE GENDT Thomas (Belgium)
174. LAGUTIN Sergey (Uzbekistan)
175. ONGARATO Alberto (Italy)
176. SELVAGGI Mirko (Italy)
177. VAN LEIJEN Joost (Netherlands)
Uni SA-Australia
Manager: Dave Sanders (Australia)
181. ROBERTS Luke (Australia)
182. SULZBERGER Wesley (Australia)
183. CANTWELL Jonathan (Australia)
184. DURBRIDGE Luke (Australia)
185. HEPBURN Michael (Australia)
186. DOCKER Mitchell (Australia)
187. ??

Omnium Champions reignite rivalry at Revolution
The season finale of Revolution on Saturday 15th January will host a GB versus Australia clash as the world’s two best Omnium riders come face to face on the Manchester boards.

World Madison Champion and World Omnium runner up Leigh Howard will make the trip to the Manchester Velodrome to take on the reigning World Omnium Champion Ed Clancy. With the World Championships a couple of months away Revolution will provide a fascinating contest as both riders aim to take first blood in the 2011 season.

“Leigh is a really good rider and will be one of the main rivals for the World Omnium title,” commented Clancy. “I’m focused on retaining the title at the World Championships in March so it will be good to race against Leigh at Revolution. There will be several of Omnium disciplines on the programme and the racing will be fast so it will be a good test.”

Both riders will be on good form with Clancy taking the Omnium gold at the Cali World Cup and Howard taking Madison and Team Pursuit gold at the Melbourne World Cup. They will get the chance to test their pursuit legs at Revolution as they will feature in the Australian Pursuit as part of the Revolution team competition.

In the sprint racing Dutch riders Teun Mulder, Roy Van Den Berg and Yondi Schmidt will be joined by American Giddeon Massie as they challenge British sprinters Ross Edgar, Craig MacLean, Pete Mitchell and Philip Hindes.

Tickets are available to purchase on www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 0843 208 1840. Tickets are also available for the National Madison Championships on the same day with racing starting at 13:30.

Anthony Maynard Sportive 2011 – Entries Open
Following the huge success of the first two events, entries are now open for the third Anthony Maynard Sportive, promoted by Reading Cycling Club, on Sunday July 17th 2011.

“Superb!”… “Great course, lovely countryside”… “One of the best Sportives that I have participated in”…. “Feed stations were exceptional”… “Inspiring views and the right amount of climbing”… “Really friendly, helpful marshals”… “Superbly well organised – well beyond what is usual”… are just some of the comments from participants in last year’s event.

In addition to being very well received by the riders, in its first two years the Anthony Maynard Sportive has raised over Ј11000 to support the event charities.

“We want the 2011 Anthony Maynard Sportive to be better still.” said Event Director, John Hollands. “First and foremost it will continue to be a superb tribute to Anthony and his love of cycling. A great day of sportive riding across two challenging routes: 110km and 195km of fast rolling Berkshire & Wiltshire Downs cycling at its best. For 2011, we’ve got great facilities at the Theale Green HQ: well organised parking, changing rooms and showers along with plenty of space for riders to use pre and post event.” He continued, “Given the fantastic feedback about all aspects of the first two events, we’re expecting a sell-out this year and with rider numbers being limited to 500 you will need to enter now to guarantee your place.”

The event is being held to honour Reading Cycling Club’s Anthony Maynard who, aged 25, tragically lost his life in July 2008 when struck by a vehicle whilst cycling in an evening club ride. Organised by his club mates, the Anthony Maynard Sportive is run on a not for profit basis with proceeds being distributed to charities that reflect Anthony’s interests.

Further details and online entry can be found at www.anthonymaynardsportive.org.

Club Ride Apparel Announces Sponsorship of the 2011 SoCal Endurance 12 Hour Race Series
Club Ride Apparel announced today it will be a product sponsor in the SoCal Endurance 12 Hour Race Series in Temecula, CA. The 2011 Race Series is Southern California’s premier endurance mountain biking race series and it encompasses three separate 12 hour races for team and solo riders at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula.

According to Mike Herlinger, founder and designer of Club Ride, “We are very excited to be a Race Series product sponsor. As a company based in the mountain biking mecca of Sun Valley, Idaho and as a sponsor of a grass roots race team focused on endurance mountain bike races, the SoCal Race Series is a part of bike racing that we love to participate in and support.”

The first race of the 2011 Race Series is January 22 and the subsequent races are on June 4 and November 12. Each of the 3 races are scored and awarded as an individual 12 hour race. The overall winners of the Series will be crowned the 2011 California State Endurance Champions.

Club Ride team riders will participate in the Series races and will be racing in the company’s revolutionary cycling apparel which integrates performance and function with style and comfort.

Herlinger adds, “Our riders have chosen to race in our street style shirts and shorts over traditional form fitting spandex racing kits. They prefer the stylish, comfortable fit of our cycling clothes, and since Club Ride’s shirts and shorts encompass the technical attributes of a race jersey and short they don’t sacrifice performance.

Herlinger continued, “Club Ride’s clothes are the ‘real deal’ when it comes to playing hard, getting dirty and having fun on and off the bike. I designed, and our team members and I tested all the styles in the rugged terrain of the Northern Rockies, during long endurance events, fun group rides on the road and the dirt, and afterwards in the rigors of the local pubs. We found Club Ride’s shorts and shirts to be the perfect match for our active bike-centric lifestyles.”

Club Ride’s 2010/11 styles can be viewed atwww.clubrideapparel.com.

Club Ride Apparel designs and makes performance cycling apparel for men and women with a stylish twist. Club Ride’s mission is to deliver the most stylish and functional cycling apparel in the world. Club Ride was founded in 2008 in the mountain town of Sun Valley, Idaho. All clothing is manufactured in the USA.

Tour de France to start in Scotland?
This story keeps coming back, so maybe there is something to it! We reported on this sometime last year and it now seems fairly certain that EventScotland are bidding for the Tour de France “Grand Depart” for 2017 in either Glasgow or Edinburgh with stages taking in the surrounding countryside.


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