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EuroTrash Thursday!

For sure there is loads of EuroTrash this Thursday with Paris-Nice in full swing and Tirreno-Adriatico kicking off yesterday with a team time trial. On top of that we have probably too much doping news with Pellizotti and Caucchioli receiving bans and Dr. Fuentes gets a new job! Add to that; news from Chris Carmichael Training Systems and the Eddie Soens Race in England and you will need a very big coffee today!

“Top Story”
Two year ban for Pellizotti
OK the “Top Stories” lately have all been about doping, but let’s face it; apart from the radio ban there’s not been much else to talk about. Anyway, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has come to a verdict on the cases of Italian riders; Franco Pellizotti and Pietro Caucchioli and both have had their two year bans given to them by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

The Facts taken from the CAS announcement:
In the case of Caucchioli; his “Athlete’s biological passport” showed that between April 2008 and May 2009 that there had been the use of prohibited doping methods. More particularly, the variations in the hemoglobin concentration values during the period between April and October 2008 could not be considered as physiological but on the contrary were characteristic of blood taking thus demonstrating the blood manipulation in view of doping. 17 June 2009. The next day, the cyclist was suspended from competition by its team “Lampre”. On 3 June 2010, the CONI Anti-Doping Tribunal suspended Pietro Caucchioli for a period of 2 years starting on 18 June 2009. The Panel of CAS arbitrators constituted in this matter has carefully examined all arguments raised by the parties, including those relating to the reliability and the interpretation of the results analyses. After a thorough examination, the CAS Panel found that the “irregularities” put forward by the athlete could not have affected the results.

Consequently, the CAS has confirmed the CONI decision of 3 June 2010 providing for the suspension of Pietro Caucchioli for a period of two years, he will be able to race again on 19 June this year, if he has a team.

In the case of Pellizotti; The CAS has also ruled in favour of the UCI against the decision rendered by CONI on 21 October 2010 exonerating the athlete of any doping infraction. The UCI appealed against that decision at the CAS to request that a suspension of a minimum of two years be imposed on the athlete. Furthermore, Franco Pellizotti asked the CAS that his costs before the CONI Antidoping Tribunal be reimbursed.

The CAS has partially admitted the appeal filed by the UCI and has annulled the CONI decision. The CAS Panel has noted the violation by Franco Pellizotti of the anti-doping rules prohibiting the enhancement of oxygen transfer and has imposed on him a two-year ban starting on 3 May 2010, date corresponding to his temporary internal suspension.

Furthermore, the Panel has ordered the disqualification of all results obtained by Franco Pellizotti as from 7 May 2009, which means his Giro d’Italia second place and his Tour de France Mountains Jersey. Finally, the athlete has been ordered to pay an amount of Ђ115,000 to the UCI as financial sanction.

This validates the “Passport” system for the UCI as recently it had come under some criticism from different parties; the CAS decision bolsters the UCI claim that the passport will catch more doping riders. Both Caucchioli and Pelizotti have never failed a dope control at a race, but are now banned through the “Passport” system. The “Passport” is more than just suspicion; it can show definite irregularities in rider’s blood. Radios next?

After Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoliel-DCM) taking the first stage and the overall lead on Sunday in a bunch sprint from FdJ’s Jeremy Roy and Garmin’s Heinrich Haussler it was down to his strong team to protect the young Belgian in stage 2.
Stage 2: saw another big group sprint, this time won by hard-man Greg Henderson (Sky) from Matt Goss of HTC. An early break by Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) and Max Bouet (Ag2r) was foiled by a level crossing which stopped them when they had a 50 second lead, but it took the wind out of their sails and they were caught. The other main problem for the day was the crashes and the pace set by the Astana team in the last 15 kilometres splitting the peloton. The yellow jersey attacked with just over one and a half kilometres to the line, but he was soon pulled back by the sprinters teams for Henderson to take the honours and dedicate his win to the New Zealand earth quake disaster victims.

Paris-Nice stage 2 result:
1. Greg Henderson (Sky) in 5:00:56
2. Matthew Harley Goss (HTC-Highroad)
3. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha)
4. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo)
5. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
6. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM)
7. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
8. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar)
9. Tomas Vaitkus (Astana)
10. Danilo Wyss (BMC).

Stage 3: An early break with Cйdric Pineau (FdJ), Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Jussi Veikkanen (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Cyril Gautier (Europcar) and Romain Hardy (Bretagne-Schuller). They built up a good gap of nearly 5 minutes until Vacansoliel started the chase with 75 kilometres to the finish in Nuits-Saint-Georges. The leaders were pulled back with 20 kilometres after the climb of the Cфte de Bйcoup. The sprinters teams took over and HTC took Matt Goss to the line ahead of Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) and put him in the overall lead.

Paris-Nice stage 3 result:
1. Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) in 5:16:48
2. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo)
3. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha)
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar)
5. Geraint Thomas (Sky)
6. Greg Henderson (Sky)
7. Anthony Ravard (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
8. Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD)
9. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM)
10. Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Stage 4: A five man break enlivened the stage to Belleville of 191 kilometres. The break included yesterday’s attacker, French Champion, Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and today he pulled it off with a stage win. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoliel-DCM) was also in the break and took the leaders jersey back. Remi Pauriol (FdJ), Remy Di Gregorio (Astana) and Francis De Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto) made up the five, but De Greef was dropped on the run in. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) outsprinted Peter Sagan (Liquigas) for fifth.

Paris-Nice stage 4 result:
1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) in 5:04:20
2. Rйmi Pauriol (FdJ)
3. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM)
4. Rйmy Di Gregorio (Astana)
5. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) at 0:13
6. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
7. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM)
8. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis)
9. Grega Bole (Lampre-ISD)
10. Danilo Wyss (BMC)

Paris-Nice overall after stage 4:
1. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) in 19:26:46
2. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) at 0:10
3. Rйmi Pauriol (FdJ) at 0:16
4. Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) at 0:21
5. Rйmy Di Gregorio (Astana) at 0:24
6. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) at 0:27
7. Jйrйmy Roy (FdJ) at 0:30
8. Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) at 0:31
9. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) at 0:32
10. Jens Voigt (Leopard Trek) at 0:35.

Kevin De Weert fell in Paris Nice
Kevin De Weert fell today during the second stage of Paris Nice, at about 30 kilometres from the finish line. In the crash De Weert suffered a series of bruises to his right shoulder, hip and knee, as well as an injury to his right leg at groin level. After finishing the race, De Weert was taken at the Montargis General Hospital to undergo examinations. Further examination has excluded any fractures. The doctor has applied stitches to his groin and the rider was diagnosed with a trauma to his right knee.

“The fall was really awful” De Weert said “We were going pretty fast. A rider in front of me fell and there was no way I could avoid him. I slid for about 50 metres on my right side but I wanted to finish the stage. I think I was lucky, anyway, because the fall could have had much worse consequences.”

Tuesday morning the rider and the team’s medical staff will decide if he can line up for the start of the 3rd stage, depending on how things develop during the night.
Nikolas Maes also crashed and would not be starting stage 4.

Tirreno-Adriatico news:
The Italian stage race started on Wednesday the 9th and ends on the 15th of March with seven stages finishing with a short time trial. Check out the race web-site www.tirrenoadriatico.it.
Stage details:
09.03.11 1 stage Marina di Carrara-Marina di Carrara 16.8 km (TTT)
10.03.11 2 stage Carrara-Indicatore (Ar) 202.0 km
11.03.11 3 stage T.Bracciolini-Perugia 189.0 km
12.03.11 4 stage Narni-Chieti 240.0 km
13.03.11 5 stage Chieti-Castelraimondo 240.0 km
14.03.11 6 stage Ussita-Macerata 178.0 km
15.03.11 7 stage San Benedetto del Tronto-San Benedetto del Tronto 9.3 km (ITT)

Quick-Step Cycling Team to Tirreno-Adriatico
“We’re lining up for the start of this race with a competitive and motivated team” explains Sporting Director Davide Bramati “In the sprint we’ll be counting on important athletes like Boonen, Chicchi and Ciolek but we also have riders who can do well in stages that are altimetrically more challenging, who may end up in the high ranks of the general standings.”
Marco Bandiera,
Tom Boonen,
Francesco Chicchi,
Gerald Ciolek,
Dries Devenyns,
Davide Malacarne,
Niki Terpstra,
Kevin Van Impe.
Sports Directors: Davide Bramati, Rik van Slycke & Marco Velo.

Team RadioShack for Tirreno-Adriatico
Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy), 09-15/03/11
Fumiyuki Beppu,
Ben Hermans,
Tiago Machado,
Robbie McEwen,
Dmitriy Muravyev,
Yaroslav Popovych,
Gregory Rast,
Sйbastien Rosseler.
Directors: Dirk Demol & Viatcheslav Ekimov.

Movistar at Tirreno
For the 46th Tirreno-Adriatico, Josй Luis Jaimerena will be directing a Movistar Team roster composed of:
Fran Ventoso,
David Arroyo,
Marzio Bruseghin,
Andrey Amador,
Iganatas Konovalovas,
Vasil Kiryienka,
Бngel Madrazo,
Branislau Samoilau.

Stage 1: The16.8 kilometre team time trial was lead from the start by Rabobank who, as first team off, put up the best time of 18:08 to cover the course at 55 KPH. Garmin-Cervelo were second and Tyler Farrar was the first non Rabobank rider at 7th overall. Lars Boom will be wearing the leader’s jersey tomorrow.

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 result:
1. Rabobank in 18:08
2. Garmin-Cervelo at 0:09
3. HTC-Highroad at 0:10
4. Saxo Bank-SunGard at 0:11
5. Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:22
6. BMC at 0:26
7. Leopard-Trek at 0:29
8. RadioShack at 0:30
9. Sky at 0:33
10. Lampre-ISD at 0:39.

Overall after stage 1:
1. Lars Boom (Rabobank) in 18:08
2. Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank)
3. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank)
4. Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank)
5. Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank)
6. Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank)
7. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) at 0:09
8. Matthew Wilson (Garmin-Cervelo).

Team UK Youth’s James Stewart Storms to Eddie Soens Win
Team UK Youth’s James Stewart got off to a fantastic start on Saturday with a win in the famous season-opener, the Eddie Soens Memorial Race.
The 50th edition of the race, held at Aintree on Merseyside, attracted some top teams including Rapha Condor Sharp and Team Raleigh, all wanting to stamp down their authority on the season ahead.

The Team UK Youth line up consisted of James Stewart, new signing James Lowsley-Williams (11th), rider/manager Magnus Backstedt, David McGowan, Greg Mansell, Gruff Lewis, Filip Rudenstam and Chris Seviour.

James Stewart was one of eleven riders in the breakaway with just five laps to go. In a close sprint, he nudged ahead of Rapha Condor Sharp’s Andy Tennant on the line, with Matt Kipling of Raleigh finishing third.

“With about 7 laps to go Magnus [Backstedt] said to me: ‘If you’re feeling good James, have a go up the road,’ then a few corners later I found myself off the front jumping across to a move of mixed teams driving well,” explained Stewart.

He continued: “James [Lowsley-Williams] stayed on the front for me and kept the pace really high on the back straight and left me to try and finish the job off,” he added. “I picked Andy Tennant’s wheel in finish confident he was going to be the one to beat and the one setting the pace. At about 100m to go I pulled out his draft accelerating past to take the win by half a wheel.”

Team backer and Formula 1 legend, Nigel Mansell said: “I couldn’t have dreamt of a more successful and positive start to 2011. It’s hugely motivating and exciting for young people to witness what can be achieved and we are looking forward to the rest of the 2011 season with tremendous optimism.”

Team manager and former Paris-Roubaix winner, Magnus Backstedt said: “I am incredibly proud of what the team has been able to accomplish so far this year. The way the team are able to work together already has been absolutely incredible.”

He added: “Getting riders from different countries and backgrounds to pull together the way they have done here is just amazing. I couldn’t have wished for anything more. I think a lot of this comes down to the bigger picture that we are carrying around the country. We are here for the charity UK Youth and we want to lead by the best example we can for the young people around the UK.”

UK Youth help over 750,000 young people each year through youth clubs and projects all over the UK. The team is funded by UK Youth’s president Nigel Mansell and other sponsors in order to promote the great work done by the charity throughout the UK.

The team will now head to the Roy Thame Cup in Buckinghamshire this Saturday (12th March 2011) hoping to develop the early run of form.
Eddie Soens Memorial Race result:
1. James Stewart Team UK Youth (E) in 1:39:32
2. Andy Tennant Rapha Condor Sharp (E)
3. Matthew Kipling Team Raleigh (E)
4. Simon Wilson Cyclepremier Metaltek (1)
5. Mark Christian 100% Me (1)
6. Liam Holohan Team Raleigh (E) 01:39:33
7. James Sampson Motorpoint Pro Cycling (1)
8. Tom Moses 100% Me (E) 01:39:34
9. Matthew Stephens Sigmasport-Specialized (1M)
10. Matt Cronshaw Team Raleigh (E)
11. James Lowsley-Williams Team UK Youth (2) 01:39:47.

Chris Carmichael launches “Chris Carmichael’s Epic Endurance Bucket List”
Chris Carmichael, founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems, today announced the official launch of “Chris Carmichael’s Epic Endurance Bucket List”https://www.trainright.com/bucketlist – a selection of US and international endurance race experiences designed to meet the growing demand for once-in-a-lifetime endurance challenges.

“Athletes are increasingly hungry for adventure and challenges that push them beyond their limits,” commented Carmichael. “Preparing for and competing in these events is a unique and life-changing experience, because it is rare for amateur athletes and career professionals to reach the brink of physical and emotional failure, yet at some point during these events – or the training beforehand – you get to the point where failing is a very real possibility. And that’s an invaluable personal learning experience.

The Epic Endurance Bucket List originated from Carmichael’s own experiences as a competitor in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race (2006-2010) and the 4-day La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike stage race across Costa Rica (2010). As a sponsor of the Leadville 100 since 2008, CTS has prepared and supported hundreds of athletes for the race with coaching, reconnaissance camps, and professional support crews in the aid stations on race day. And as he prepared for La Ruta, Chris created a comprehensive training experience and opened it up to 10 athletes through an online application process. More than 200 athletes applied to join Chris for the La Ruta Challenge.

In addition to the personal satisfaction that comes from conquering a life-altering endurance challenge, athletes who successfully complete Bucket List events with CTS will earn the right to wear the official Epic Endurance Bucket List patch, as well as race-specific placard patches. Patched-in athletes will earn benefits and privileges for completing additional events on the Bucket List. Complete details on the points system will be available soon, and will include a mechanism to recognize endurance accomplishments athletes have already earned.

“I wanted to create a way to celebrate the breadth and magnitude of endurance athletes’ achievements,” stated Carmichael. “This isn’t about doing one hard race; it’s about taking down the hardest races you can find, year after year. And there are no points or patches for trying. Getting across that finish line is the performance marker that counts.”

Starting in May 2011, CTS will be providing packages of coaching, training camps, and event support to ensure athletes are optimally prepared and supported as they take on these monumental challenges. In 2011 there are seven events on The Bucket List: The Amgen Tour of California Race Experience, The Triple Bypass, The Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, The Leadville 100 Run, The King Ridge GranFondo, The La Ruta de los Conquistadores, and The Trans Andes Challenge. Details about the coaching, camp, and support packages for each can be found at https://www.trainright.com/bucketlist.

Each year more events will be added to The List, and each year one event will be featured as “Chris Carmichael’s Challenge”. This event will be Chris’s primary goal for the year, and a limited number of athletes will be selected, via online application, to participate in an exclusive and comprehensive package of coaching, training camps, and race support. “I’ve modeled my preparation on the methods I’ve used over the past 20 years to prepare elite athletes for the Olympics, the Tour de France, and Ironman World Championships,” said Carmichael. “For the hardest events in the world, the formula for success is a combination of focused training, intense training camps, course reconnaissance, and professional race-day support.” Application are now being accepted for the next “Chris Carmichael’s Challenge”, which will be the 2012 Trans Andes Challenge, a 6-day mountain bike stage race through the Chilean Andes in January 2012. Visit https://www.trainright.com/transandes to apply.

Trans Andes Next Up on Chris Carmichael’s “Bucket List”, Seeks Teammates for 2012 Race
Chris Carmichael, Founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems, has selected the Trans Andes Challenge – a 6-day mountain bike race through the Chilean Andes – as the next event he wants to cross off his “Epic Endurance Bucket List” (https://www.trainright.com/bucketlist). He will be racing the Trans Andes Challenge in January 2012 as a two-person team with 3-time World Champion Rebecca Rusch, and will select a team of up to 20 athletes to join him for an exclusive package of coaching, training camps, and professional race support.

“Last year I raced the La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike stage race in Costa Rica with a team of 15 athletes and CTS Coaches,” said Carmichael. “It was a life-changing experience for me; not only the race but the months of training, the training camps, and the camaraderie within the group. I’m going to keep racing epic events around the world until I can’t do them anymore, and I want to offer other athletes the opportunity to be optimally prepared and supported for these events as well.”

Athletes interested in being selected for the CTS Trans Andes Race Experience need to submit an application online before March 31, 2011. Details and application are available at https://www.trainright.com/transandes. The price for the CTS Trans Andes Experience is $12,000 per athlete. Athletes who are selected will participate in a package that includes:
• 9 months of CTS Premium-level coaching (May 2011 through January 2012)
• A physiological testing and training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in June 2011
• An endurance and climbing camp in Tucson, Arizona, in December 2011
• Entry into the 2012 Trans Andes Challenge
• Professional race support (mechanics, nutrition, hydration, etc.) during Trans Andes
• All hotels, meals, and ground transportation within Chile

In 2011, more than 200 athletes applied for just 10 slots on Carmichael’s team for La Ruta, and after a seven-month package of training, camps, and race support, 14 of the 15 CTS Athletes and Coaches finished La Ruta. As with the company’s finishing rate at the Leadville 100 (83% in 2010 compared to 64% for all starters), athletes who worked with CTS to prepare for La Ruta finished at a higher rate (93%) than the rate for all starters. “I put together packages that leverage the same methodologies I use with elite to prepare them for major stage races, the Tour de France, and Ironman World Championships,” commented Carmichael. “An integrated combination of coaching, training camps, and race support is the best way to prepare athletes for success in major challenges, especially when international travel is involved.”

The CTS Trans Andes Race Experience is just one of seven endurance competitions on the 2011 Epic Endurance Bucket List, and the only one with an application process. The packages for individual events vary according to the demands of the competitions. The other six events included this year are an Amgen Tour of California Race Experience, the Triple Bypass, the Leadville 100 mountain bike race, the Leadville 100 running race, the King Ridge GranFondo, and the La Ruta de los Conquistadores. Chris Carmichael is slated to participate in the ATOC Race Experience, the Leadville 100 mountain bike race, and the Trans Andes Challenge.

“The Epic Endurance Bucket List is about athletes pushing beyond their comfort zones to tackle authentic challenges,” said Carmichael. “There’s something very enlightening about signing up for, preparing for, and completing a race where there’s a significant chance you’re going to fail.”

Fuentes back at work!
The doctor at the centre of both the Puerto and Galgo sports doping investigations; Eufemiano Fuentes is starting a new job with University of Las Palmas football team. After his involvement with cycling and the Puerto affair he said he would not be working again with cyclists. Since then he has been arrested by the Spanish police due to being implicated in the Greyhound Operation in December 2010, along with a collection of athletes. According to Canarias7.com he will be in charge of the physical preparation of the teams’ players as part of a four-man technical team. The Las Palmas University team play in group 1 of the Second B Division. They might now be a good bet for a few trophies?

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