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EuroTrash Thursday!

Lots of EuroTrash to get your teeth into this Thursday, the season is well under way with Qatar, Mallorca and the Tour of the Med all on at the moment. The “Top Story could only be Riccardo Riccт…it was bound to happen eventually, but, if it’s true, he has endangered his own life, is it worth it or is he just plain stupid?

“Top Story”
Riccardo Riccт: The Cobra bites himself!
Riccardo Riccт was rushed to hospital on Sunday with a high fever; it was so bad he had to be moved from Baggiovara to the larger San Agostino-Este hospital. It was reported that kidney failure was the cause of the Vacansoliel rider’s illness, but this was unconfirmed. He will now miss the Tour of the Mediterranean. That was the first bit of news we heard about Riccт. Then we hear that he has admitted to giving himself a blood transfusion. The blood bag had been had been in the fridge for 25 days and it’s highly likely the cause of his illness.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport: A doctor reported: “Riccт arrived in critical condition on Sunday morning and that first aid was performed on him. According to a doctor who was present, Riccт admitted that he had done an auto transfusion of blood in the presence of his girlfriend Vania Rossi. It had been kept in the refrigerator for almost a month, and it is feared that the blood had degenerated.”

If it turns out that he has given himself a blood transfusion it must mean a life time ban and it must make you think how stupid Riccт has been and maybe now after all these years he will get his comeuppance? It’s not just me, Fabian Cancellara said: “Once an idiot, always an idiot.”

Aldo Sassi must be spinning in his grave.

Tour of Qatar
Lars Boom (Rabobank) won the windy 2 kilometre individual time trial on Sunday taking 4 seconds out of Fabian Cancellara (Leopard). Stage 1 saw Quick-Step’s Tom Boonen take the sprint from seventeen others that had built up a gap of over 5 minutes over the 145 kilometre route. Boonen also took the overall lead by 4 seconds from Mark Renshaw (HTC), 8 seconds to Cancellara (Leopard) and Flecha (Sky) at 9 seconds.

Stage 2: Heinrich Haussler (Garmin) took the bunch sprint from Bennati (Leopard) and moved closer to Tom Boonen in the overall battle, Haussler is now at 1 second from Boonen.
Stage 3: It’s Heinrich Haussler again! The Garmin-Cervelo rider took his second stage in a row out-sprinting Mark Renshaw (HTC) and Daniele Bennati (Leopard). Tom Boonen has dropped to 14th at 3:11 (due to a puncture) as Haussler leads from Renshaw at 4 seconds and Bennati at 15 seconds with two stages to go.

Mallorca Challenge:
Tyler Farrer (Garmin) won the first race in the series; the Trofeo Palama de Mallorca, but as we know the result has not been ratified by the UCI due to a conflict over the race radio ban.
Trofeo Cala Millor: Tyler Farrar also won the second race in the series, without a race radio or any problems with the UCI. He out-sprinted Degenkolb and Howard, both HTC, after 172 kilometres in just over 4 hours of racing.
Trofeo Inca: RadioShack had their first win of the season with Ben Hermans when he out sprinted Duran (Geox) and Tondo (Movistar) after the three rider had escaped at around 35 kilometres out from the line.
Trofeo Deiа: Josй Joaquнn Rojas (Movistar) won a 30-rider uphill sprint and broke with a streak of no victories which extended back a year and a half, the Murcian having won a stage in the Tour de l’Ain in August 2009. The Challenge a Mallorca concludes on Thursday with the last race, the Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova (158 km).

Tour Mйditerranйen
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) took stage 1 from under the nose of Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) who thought he had won. Mangel was celebrating out-sprinting his four break away companions, as the French Champ; Voeckler threw his bike across the line first. Four more tough stages to go before the finish on the Mont Faron on Sunday.

Movistar Team in Tour Mйditerranйen
After their participation in the Trofeo Palma, the first race of the Spanish competitive calendar and the first outing by Movistar Team on European turf yesterday, eight riders from the Spanish team are travelling abroad to a completely different scenario. Mauricio Soler, Carlos Oyarzun, Fran Pйrez, David Lуpez, Ignatas Konovalovas, Бngel Madrazo, Javier Iriarte and Enrique Sanz depart this afternoon to the Tour Mйditerranйen, a 2.HC, five-stage race over Southern France starting in the town of Maubec-Coustellet on Wednesday.

The blue expedition, led by Sports Director Yvon Ledanois, will land tomorrow on French soil after a complex moving, due to the vehicles being taken to the Iberian Peninsula from the Balearic islands, and is expected to take a training session in the evening as they arrive in their hotel. The race features four stages with not many mountainous complications before heading to the demanding Mont Faron in the decisive ride on Sunday, as the squad by Eusebio Unzuй will look to do well in the finale of a race where the team has won three of the last four editions.

Bernucci family banned!
Lorenzo Bernucci and four of his family members have been banned from cycling, the rider for five years, the others for slightly less. Bernucci (ex-Lampre) was charged with possession and the use of prohibited substances, also this is his second violation. His wife was charged with possession and trafficking, his mother with trafficking and administration of prohibited substances, as was his brother. His father-in-law was also found guilty of administration of drugs and/or prohibited methods and cannot go to any sporting event in Italy for four years and hold any official positions.

Van Petegem to Garmin-Cervelo?
Peter Van Petegem will possibly replace Matt White as DS behind the wheel of a Garmin-Cervelo team car. Van Petegem would bring loads of experience to the team for the classics. He has two Tour of Flanders, a Paris-Roubaix and lots of other cobbled road wins behind him.

Costa brothers to return?
Rui and Mariano Costa are looking to start racing again and are looking for teams to ride with. Both brothers were found positive at the Portuguese national time trial with methylhexanamine in their system. They insist that they did not dope intentionally as the drug was in a supplement and they knew nothing about it. Since their positive test, WADA have taken methylhexanamine from the banned list, so they may be open to race again soon?

Tour de Mumbai I & II
The new races in India, both UCI 1.1, The Tour de Nashik on the 11th and the Tour de Mumbai on the 13th of February will have a strong team from RadioShack on the start line, the riders are:
Sam Bewley,
Robert Hunter,
Michal Kwiatkowski,
Robbie McEwen,
Bjшrn Selander
Director: Alain Gallopin.

The 46th edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico has been launched
The Tirreno -Adriatico 2011 (scheduled from 9th to 15th March) was presented today in Marina di Carrara, the town in Tuscany that will host the first stage.
Seven stages that will give an opportunity to all kind of bikers, from chronomen to sprinters, climbers, “finisseur”: a 16.8 km team time trial along the coastline in Marina di Carrara, two fast stages (Carrara – Indicatore-Arezzo e Terranuova Bracciolini – Perugia) and again lot of chances for consistent climbers with two very long stages, of 240 km each, from Narni to Chieti and from Chieti to Castelraimondo (with a climbing to the Sassotetto, “Cima Coppi” of this Tirreno-Adriatico)

A very challenging arrival will follow in the sixth stage, from Ussita to Macerata, where racers will climb the Madonna del Monte three times and the finish line will be set on the edge of the climbing in the historical town center (18% maximum steep).
In the end, a short single time trial (9.3 km) will take place on the coast road in San Benedetto del Tronto.

“We tried to design a very varied Tirreno-Adriatico to give to leave space for any type of racer” explained Mr. Mauro Vegni, Director Operations RCS Sport.
“It is a very competitive edition and will be a great time for me to evaluate the most talented bikers during the time trials and will provide the right basis for those who aim at a Milano-sanremo win, on the next 19th March” commented Paolo Bettini, Coach of the Italian National Team.

“It is a great honour for my town to host the initial stage of the 2011 Tirreno-Adriatico and I will take personal responsibility to assure that Marina di Carrara give maximum support to this charming sport event” said Mr. Angelo Zubbani, Mayor of Carrara.

The group of athletes attending the presentation was also very enthusiastic: Alessandro Petacchi, Danilo Napolitano, Alessandro Vanotti, Daniel Oss, Elia Favilli and Pierpaolo De Negri commented a stage of the race and provided evidence of their intentions and aims.
Stefano Garzelli, winner of 2010 Tirreno-Adriatico, was also due to the event, but was forced to Spain (where he lives) due to a flight delay. However, he took his chance to cheer the audience and let everybody know that he aims at a second win of the “Corsa dei Due Mari”.
The former biker and great achiever from Tuscany, Michele Bartoli, provided advice to present racers on how to succeed in this challenging race.

The event ended a moving remembrance of ex national coach Franco Ballerini, as a school girl from Carrara asked the Mayor to dedicate a town garden to “Ballerini the gentleman Coach”.

National Capital Region Cycling Bursary
Seenite Sports, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is proud to announce the recipients of the 12th annual National Capital Region cycling bursary. The bursary provides funding to athletes that display both outstanding athletic ability and the desire to achieve greater goals. Since its conception in 2000 the bursary has granted a total $27,000.00 distributed to 28 athletes. Continued success of the bursary is only possible due the strong affiliation and partnership with our wonderful contributors, which include:
The Cyclery, the A-group in the Gatineau Park, Ontario Cycling Association, Ottawa Bicycle Club, and over 50 smaller groups and participants of the Seenite Sports weekly criterium series that contribute from $10 to over $100 each on a yearly basis.
The 2011 recipients are:
Matteo Dal-Cin – $1200
Brian Trafford – $1200
Maxime Leboeuf – $500
On behalf of the bursary committee I would like to thank all the sponsors for their generous contributions that enable these athletes to have both the confidence of support and the financial means to compete at events beyond the local area. Further information about the bursary is available at Seenite Sports web site https://seenite.org/bursary.htm

More from Rapha
Another exciting week in the books from our end here at Camp Rapha (that’s not a real camp, in case you are wondering, but it could be). I have three exciting bits of information for you on this fine Friday. They are about our recent video sneak peak, a new selection of Jerseys and the NAHBS.

Country Jersey
Today the first of our new collection is available. The new country jersey’s this year come in the form of Spain and Germany. It is true, we did a German one a couple years ago, but the updated version is something to behold. And you have to admit that Cole and Ira do a great job of representing these two jerseys. Keep one eye open in the coming weeks because we will start to roll out our collection. Word on the street is that our Pro Team line is next on the docket, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.

Spring/Summer 2011 Range
Slate and I helped wrangle logistics for the SS 2011 catalog shoot in LA this past November so we were privy to the line before anyone else. This collection is going to be amazing, let me say that right now. This will be the final season that we are paired with Paul Smith, but this is going to be the best season yet. Hoodies, henleys, and a probably a few surprises in that department as well. We have all the samples for this collection now in our possession, so if there is something that you would like to take a look at, do not hesitate.

North American Handmade Bicycle Show
There are a couple events that we are putting on at the NAHBS this year. The first will be a film screening on Thursday February 24th (see attached flyer) and as well as having a booth at the show we will be putting on a Gentleman’s Ride on Saturday morning. The booth itself is exciting in a whole slew of ways too. Aside from incorporating our imagery from the Spring/Summer 2011 season we will be featuring all four bikes from the Rapha Bicycle Collection. This is one of the best tradeshows of the year, something that we always look forward to participating in with our friends the bicycle builders. So, if you happen to be anywhere near Austin (February 24-27th), or need to get away from the office for a minute, check out this show.

World’s Most Comprehensive Cycling Performance Center coming soon to Scottsdale, Arizona
Cycling and Triathlon performance facility with Wind Tunnel, 3D Bike Fitting, Retail, Repair, and a suite of comprehensive performance and recovery services in perfect Southwestern climate.
Cyclists the world over can discover their best performance ever with the launch of the aptly named FASTER performance and retail center. Designed to deliver affordable services normally reserved only for the most privileged professional athletes, FASTER is a potent mix of performance services and retail for the recreational and competitive cyclist or triathlete.

FASTER will house a full-service cycling-focused wind tunnel, high end performance retail sales including frames, wheels, and components, cutting edge bike fitting, along with the most comprehensive list of services to enhance every client’s cycling performance. A day at FASTER could start with a bike fitting in the morning to purchase or refine the perfect bicycle. Mid-morning a client could test themselves and their aerodynamics in the wind tunnel, and later go for a ride in perfect cycling surroundings. Upon the customers return from their ride a concierge will take their bike to the service department for detailing, repairs, or any upgrades while they change and/or clean up in high-end locker rooms. The rest of the day could be occupied by massage, hot and cold recovery therapies, high tech pressure recovery boots, or nutritional consultation. The facility will also offer a full range of performance testing, physical therapy, and chiropractic services.

“FASTER is designed to deliver a better cycling experience through a very scientific, but friendly customer service oriented experience. Our cycling performance specialists are highly trained to help all cyclists and triathletes perform better”, said Paraic McGlynn, a highly respected cycling industry veteran of 20 years experience who will oversee all performance services, as well as daily operations. “Our services are unbiased by ability, experience or fitness level, we simply want the best solutions for everyone delivered in the most professional manner, in the best facility by talented courteous professionals”.

While the general public now has access to previously unavailable or affordable services, FASTER has not taken its’ eyes off the professional athlete. The wind tunnel will service professional athletes and aim to be the ultimate research and development facility to the manufacturers that fabricate frames, wheels and the aerodynamic related products that cyclists use. As a result, Scottsdale just got a whole lot more attractive as a winter training location for the world’s finest two wheeled athletes.

“Our intention in creating FASTER was to give a one-of-a-kind experience to every local or visiting customer. Our philosophy, technology, tools, methodologies and personnel are completely dedicated to making cyclists and triathletes FASTER”, said company founder, James Kramer. “Best of all, those visiting from cold or wet environments will depart from here knowing they will ride more comfortably and efficiently back home, but will also be energized by the warmth and sunshine they get to experience!”

Rossin Returns
While all cyclist eyes will be focusing on a little Italian coastal resort in a few weeks time for the ‘first Classic’ of the season (Milano – San Remo), it’s an appropriate time to re-launch a bike that flew down the via Roma to victory back in 1985. Almost 3 decades ago Dutchman Hennie Kuiper powered away from his rivals on board his flame red ‘Rossin Ghibili’ and now Rossin are back with a range of bikes that honour its halcyon days of racing., whilst aiming firmly to the future with some of the newest and most exciting carbon engineering you will find anywhere. Available exclusively through www.grupettoitalia.co.uk the 2011 collection is led by the stunning looking ‘new’ Ghibili, alongside the Kubang and the Sportive ready Zenith. For Retro fans check out the Prestige and Marathon but all of the Rossin range is underwritten by its rich heritage alongside its quest to keep innovating. If you want a bike that turns heads this spring we recommend you take a good look at Rossin this “Primavera”.
Find out more at, www.grupettoitalia.co.uk or www.rossinbikes.co.uk

9Bar to Sponsor Maxgear Racing Team in 2011
Maxgear Racing Team are pleased to announce that 9Bar will sponsor the team in 2011. 9Bar is a deliciously nutritious seed bar designed to get the maximum nutritional goodness from seeds in a convenient and tasty way.

“The 9Bars are fantastic,” commented Junior Madison champion and elite ride Adam Yates. “ The bars are great because you can eat them as a breakfast replacement in the morning or during a training ride. We find them a lot easier to eat than other energy bars as they taste so good.”

Team manger Wayne Greenhalgh added, “The bars are not only very nutritious, they are dairy free, lactose free, wheat free, gluten free, yeast free and egg free. The 9Bars offer the best balance of sustained energy, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and, omega oils. They are the perfect partner with our energy fuels”.

Mark Gould, Managing Director of Wholebake Ltd, the company behind 9Bar said: “More and more cyclists are using our products and we want to continue the message that 9Bar is a product that’s really nutritionally valuable, and supports the sport’s development. Maxgear RT are a great team with proven success last year and we were very keen to support their top riders and up-and-coming talent with bars that’ll help them through training and racing.”

9Bars have gained a strong following within cycling as a completely natural alternative to energy bars on the market. Available from all major supermarkets and health food shops, their accessibility on the go has proved attractive to people with busy work and training schedules.

As well as Max Gear Racing Team, the bars have a professional following within cycling. They are endorsed by Olympic Gold Medalist Ed Clancy MBE and Olympic Silver Medalist Craig MacLean, who suffers from Coeliac disease.

Team UK Youth Launched in the New Forest
The new 2011 Team UK Youth was launched last weekend at UK Youth’s headquarters, the Avon Tyrrell activity centre, located in the heart of the New Forest.

The team, which aims to raise the profile of the UK Youth charity, is supported by UK Youth’s president, Nigel Mansell OBE and is headed up by Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt.

Team UK Youth – Magnus Backstedt Interview
The team enjoyed their first get-together at the activity centre, which is host to up to 20,000 young people from a variety of backgrounds each year. Ten of the twelve-strong team took part in group training sessions, team bonding, media training and activities such as rock climbing.

The 2011 line up will consist of: Magnus Backstedt, Olympic Bronze medallist Steven Burke, Niklas Gustavsson, Fredrik Johansson, Gruff Lewis, David McGowan, Filip Rudenstam, Chris Seviour, James Stewart, Leo Mansell and Greg Mansell.

UK Youth help over 750,000 young people each year through youth clubs and projects all over the UK, and raising the profile of the work they do is something that really appeals to Magnus Backstedt: “I felt very strongly for the charity from the start. It’s one of the best kept secrets in the UK, and together with the team we’ve decided we want to change that.”

He continued: “Getting back onto the UK scene will be a new challenge as I’ve only done a couple of UK races in my whole career. But I think we’ve got a strong team who should be able to challenge for some top races this year.”

Backing the team is Formula 1 World Champion and UK Youth President, Nigel Mansell OBE. Sons Leo and Greg Mansell will take part in their first year of competitive cycle racing after a history in motor sport.

Nigel Mansell OBE said: “It’s tremendously motivating for young people and as President of UK Youth I believe the team will bring new visibility for the charity and ignite dreams and aspirations of all young people we are trying to help.”

He continued: “This is a completely new challenge for UK Youth and the Mansell family to be sponsors and supporters of this great initiative. It is very motivating for myself and the charity and it will be very exciting to be at as many races supporting this programme.”

Charlotte Hill, CEO of UK Youth said: “The team will hopefully raise the profile and let people know all of the great things we do.”

She continued: “We’re asking people to be positive about youth because young people do amazing things all the time and hopefully they will be inspired by the likes of Magnus [Backstedt] and the team.”

The team will compete in their first race this weekend [Sunday 13th February 2011] at the Perfs Pedal near Portsmouth, a race in which team rider James Stewart has won previously. They will sport new Kuota bikes and Craft clothing. The team aim to compete in the top UK Road Races and criteriums throughout 2011.

The Team UK Youth site is now live at www.teamukyouth.co.uk


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