Not just one “Top Story” but two on this very full EuroTrash Thursday and no drug story either! Milan-San Remo is the first BIG Spring Classic of the season, so I have to lead with that, plus the use of race radios in the US is not going down well with the UCI, that’s “Top Story No. 2” Evans wins Tirreno, lots of video’s and much, much more Trash for your Thursday morning read.
”Top Story No. 1”
La Primavera starts the Classic season off with one of the most beautiful races on the calendar. There isn’t a rider who wouldn’t want to win Milan-San Remo, the race sweeps down from Milan on its near 300 kilometre route to the coast to tackle the last obstacles before plunging down the Poggio for that famous finish on the Lungomare Italo Calvino in San Remo. Stay Pez for our preview all the action from the roadside. Last year’s winner, Oscar Freire, must be a favourite again?
BMC Racing Team Motivated For Milan-San Remo
Fresh off helping Cadel Evans to victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, many of the BMC Racing Team’s same riders hope to continue that success at Milan-San Remo Saturday.
Team leaders Alessandro Ballan, Marcus Burghardt, George Hincapie and Greg Van Avermaet provide a number of options, BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. Helped by Karsten Kroon, Manuel Quinziato, Michael Schдr and Danilo Wyss, the team has a combined 38 participations in the 298-kilometer race. “With the strong team we have, we can play several cards and look to the selection that can happen on the final climbs,” Lelangue said. Fabio Baldato, who will direct the squad, said teamwork will be key. “We might not have the strongest rider in the race, but we have one of the best teams. That makes it possible to do something special.” Burghardt said the team is in good spirits: “Victories are always important for the sponsors and for the team and it’s really good for the motivation. To have such a nice win so early in the season is motivation for the whole season.”
BMC Racing Team Milan-San Remo Roster:
Greg Van Avermaet,
Director: Fabio Baldato (ITA).
Quick-Step Cycling Team to Milano Sanremo
The Quick-Step Cycling Team technical staff has announced the squad that will participate in the Milano Sanremo. Team captain will be Tom Boonen, who last year captured an outstanding second place on the wheels of Freire.
“The Milano Sanremo is a strange race that’s always tough to predict” explains Boonen “and this is part of what makes it so compelling. In this race you can never know what’s going to happen. As always it will be important not to waste any precious energy before the final. Compared to last year, I’m not starting out as a favourite and this can be an advantage. There are lots of adversaries, perhaps a few more than in these last years. At the Tirreno Adriatico we got to check out which riders are in top form. Personally, I feel better than when the Tirreno Adriatico started. I recovered well from the flu that left me weak in the first days of the race. I’m not 100% but I’m growing. I’m ready to ride a good race.”
Kevin Van Impe,
Director: Davide Bramati.
Team RadioShack in Milano-Sanremo
Director: Alain Gallopin.
Geox-TMC for Milan-San Remo
Director: Stefano Zanini.
“Top Story No. 2”
U.S.A. Cycling to be suspended?
It seems that the US cycling authority could be in a head on collision with the UCI over race radios. In March USA Cycling decided to allow teams to use race radios in the National Racing Calendar events which go against UCI rules. The UCI have sent US cycling a “stern warning” and president Pat McQuaid that (the UCI) “does not tolerate one of its members defying international cycling regulations.”
There is a possibility of the UCI fining US Cycling over lifting the radio ban, but more worryingly is the chance of a suspension which would disallow a US team to compete in the Olympics which would affect the money cycling receives from the US Olympic Committee. Bill Peterson of the US Cycling directors commented in a press release that: “We have spent considerable time discussing this issue with many experienced racers, team managers and race organizers; we have yet to find anyone make a convincing case to eliminate race radios. Therefore we are allowing radios within the races we control, and I suspect many countries around the world will follow our lead.”
The European Cycling Union has come out in favour of a radio ban and back the stance of the UCI, this would suggest, that in Europe anyway, other countries will be following the governing bodies rules which US Cycling will need to do if they don’t want to fall foul of the UCI and receive a ban/fine and possible race cancelations. The first race that has been sectioned to use radios is the Redlands Classic at the end of March; it will be interesting to see how it will all pan out?
Cadel triumphs in Tirreno-Adriatico
We left the early season Italian stage race on Sunday with Cadel Evans (BMC) leading overall after stage 5. The tough Australian took the race by the scruff of the neck on stage 6 and showed the light blue leaders jersey cross the finish line first in Macerata. Evans BMC team-mates; George Hincapie and Alessandro Ballan did a great job of getting him to the base of the final climb and keeping the speed high. Evans held back to the last second before taking the lead when it mattered, just before the line.
Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6 result:
1. Cadel Evans (BMC) in 4:37:58
2. Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) 3. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD)
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale)
5. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)
6. Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM)
Overall after stage 6:
1. Cadel Evans (BMC) in 27:26:33
2. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) at 0:09
3. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 0:12
4. Robert Gesink (Rabobank) at 0:15
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 0:21
6. Damiano Cunego (Lampre – ISD) at 0:24.
The Stage 7 individual time trial was only 9.3 kilometres long, so it was going to difficult for anyone to displace Cadel Evans (BMC) from the top spot. Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) is always a good bet for a TT win and today he didn’t disappoint with a winning time of 10:33. Evans rode well to keep his lead with 11:04, but Ivan Basso (Liquigas) struggled throughout and lost his third place as Robert Gesink (Rabobank) jumped to second and Michele Scarponi (Lampre) moved to third. Evans will not be riding Milan-San Remo on Saturday but will be on the start line of the Volta a Cataluсa on Monday with many of his possible Tour de France opponents.
Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 result:
1. Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) in 10:33
2. Lars Boom (Rabobank) at 0:09
3. Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) at 0:18
4. Rick Flens (Rabobank) at 0:20
5. Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) at 0:22
6. Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) at 0:24
Tirreno-Adriatico final overall result:
1. Cadel Evans (BMC) in
2. Robert Gesink (Rabobank) at 0:11
3. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) at 0:15
4. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 0:24
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 0:30
6. Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) at 0:39.
Malacarne wins the Mountain Classification at Tirreno Adriatico
It’s official: Thanks to the points he collected today (Monday) on the first Gpm at Pietrarossa, Davide Malacarne has won the green jersey as the leader of the mountain rankings.
It’s quite an accomplishment for a young guy, who’s proven he can keep up with the best of them in the group.
“This is great” said the 23 years old Italian rider “I’m really happy. I have to thank the team for the great work they did in the first part of the race and on the first Gpm when everybody worked hard to lead me up to the Gpm. It was an honor to see the whole team – and a champion like Boonen- working for me. In the final part I petered out. We were riding at a high pace and I paid for yesterday’s efforts. This is the first important jersey of my career, it will always have a special place in my fondest memories.”
1. Davide Malacarne (Quick-Step Cycling Team) 16 points,
2. Javier Aramendia (Team Euskaltel) 11 points,
3. Gorazd Stangelj (Team Astana) 11 points.
Nokere Koerse: Gert Steegmans’ return to victory
Quick-Step Cycling Team is standing out as a major player on the roads in Belgium. Today Gert Steegmans clinched victory in the Nokere Koerse. It’s an important result that ushers in his return to victory wearing the Quick-Step jersey. The strong Belgian sprinter has been absent from the highest step on the podium for too long. Steegmans was able to express all of his power on the slightly uphill arrival, made treacherous by cobblestones, and he preceded Dutchman Stefan Van Dijk (Team Willem Accent) and Australian Graeme Brown (Team Rabobank) over the finish line.
“I’m thrilled” explains Steegmans “The team worked really well. In the last 400 metres everything just clicked; it wasn’t a chaotic sprint, but quite orderly, just like I like it, with ideal conditions for me to progressively unload my power on the pedals. I feel in great shape and I hope to continue like this for the next steps of the season. I hope this victory” says Steegmans , who will be racing again on Friday in the Handzame Classic “can bring good luck to me in the next races and to my team mates who’ll be busy on Saturday in the Milano-Sanremo.”
“We’re very happy” says Sports Director Tom Steels “The entire team raced in an exceptional manner, hungry for victory. In the final, even though Robert got a flat and Stauff had some mechanical problems, all the guys tried to work and stay together to set Steegmans up in the best conditions to battle it out in a great final sprint. To complete today’s success, in addition to Gert’s victory we also got the jersey for the mountain classification with Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, who starred in a long breakaway with nine other riders.” See the video on Sporza here.
Nokere Koerse result:
1. Gert Steegmans (Quick-Step)
2. Stefan Van Dijk (Veranda’s Willems-Accent)
3. Graeme Brown (Rabobank)
4. Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis)
5. Yauheni Hutarovich (FdJ)
6. Benjamin Verraes (Jong Vlaanderen-Bauknecht)
7. Stйphane Poulhies (Saur-Sojasun)
8. Kevin Lacombe (Spidertech-C10)
9. Bobbie Traksel (Landbouwkrediet)
10. Frйdйric Amorison (Landbouwkrediet).
Five more teams for Quiznos Pro Challenge
The organisers of the Colorado race have announced five more teams that will line up in August for the seven stages of mountainous roads in the Rocky Mountains. The five new teams are: UnitedHealthcare, SKIL-Shimano, Team Type 1 and Spidertech-C10, they are joined by ProTeam Leopard-Trek who along with Liquigas, RadioShack, HTC, BMC and Garmin-Cervelo make this a top class start list. Six more teams are still to be added making it eighteen in total.
Quick-Step at Handzame Classic
The UCI 1.1 Handzame Classic in Belgium on Friday is just shy of 200 kilometres in length and always has a good field, check out the race web-site: www.handzameclassic.be.
Iljo Keisse (BEL),
Nikolas Maes (BEL),
Frйderique Robert (BEL),
Andreas Stauff (GER),
Gert Steegmans (BEL),
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL),
Kristof Vandewalle (BEL),
Julien Vermote (BEL),
Sports Director: Tom Steels (BEL).
British team announced for UCI track World Championships
British Cycling has today announced the team of 17 riders who will travel to Apeldoorn, Netherlands, to represent Great Britain at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, taking place from 23 – 27 March 2011.
Current World Champions Sir Chris Hoy (Keirin), Victoria Pendleton (Sprint) and Ed Clancy (Omnium) have all made selection, whilst Sam Harrison, Dani King and Laura Trott will make their Senior World Championships debut.
British Cycling’s Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: “These World Championships are a further stepping stone towards the Olympic Games in London, and whilst the team is building momentum there’s still plenty left in the tank. There’s a great mood in the camp and the riders are very much enjoying the process of competing. For us it’s a real positive to be going into the World Championships as the hunters rather than the hunted – the pressure is really on the Australians and the French to deliver, and it’s a nice feeling for us to be going out there as the challengers.”
GB squad for UCI track World Championships in Apeldoorn:
Sir Chris Hoy,
TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship is June 5, 2011
New cycling tour package available for race weekend
Sunday, June 5, 2011 will mark the 27th running of the largest single day professional cycling race in North America, bringing top cyclists from around the world to compete against each other on a now-historic route through Philadelphia which features the grueling Manayunk Wall, organizers announced today.
The TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship is considered the foundation of American pro cycling. It is the only bike race in the United States that takes over a major city for six hours, consistently draws crowds of several hundred thousand spectators, is covered live on national television and has received the highest international classification, “UCI Hors Category.” The event will welcome 400 professional cyclists from more than 20 nations and close to 1,000 amateur cyclists who compete in ancillary events.
“We are thrilled that the race has become a fixture on the international race calendar and that so many teams and riders from all over the world know of its great reputation and want to come here. As the longest single day road race in North America, it offers our American pro teams the rare opportunity to compete in a classic European style road race on home soil against many of the world’s best. But most of all, the race has introduced big time bike racing to Philadelphia and has been the inspiration for many other cycling events and programs throughout the region.”
Last year’s 156-mile battle ended with an international cast crossing the finish line first. Australia’s Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia) was the winner, marking the second TD Bank race victory in a row for the HTC-Columbia team. Slovakia’s Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff (BMC Racing Team) came in second and third place.
In addition to the TD Bank race which features the sport’s top professional men, women cyclists from around the globe will again line up on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to contest the 18th annual Liberty Classic. Germany’s Ina Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) is a Philadelphia favorite with four wins here to her credit, including the 2010 race.
Ride Like The Pros – And With Them, Too
There are two opportunities for cycling fans to ride like the pros this year at the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. First, the Wellness Challenge will again open the course to amateurs in the morning before the pros take the start line. “There is just no other opportunity during the year to ride the Parkway, Kelly Drive, the Manayunk Wall and Lemon Hill completely traffic free — this is it! You can experience the same climbs, the same straightaways, the same majesty of the course that is Philly that the pros will a few hours later,” said Chauner. For more information on the Wellness Challenge, go to https://www.procyclingtour.com/wellness.challenge.htm.
New to the 2011 schedule is a special Weekend at the Race tour package. “You’ll feel like you’re part of the biggest race in America because you will be,” said John Gil, president of Exceptional Cycling Tours which is partnering with Pro Cycling Tour to offer this exclusive insider’s access. Beginning Friday, June 3 through race day, June 5, tour participants will dine and ride with the professional cyclists, stay at the official race hotel, meet team directors and mechanics, ride their own epic route from Philadelphia to Valley Forge and participate in the Wellness Challenge. On race day, VIP accommodations at the start/finish line will put these fans within reach of all the action, including the all-out field sprints to victory. Check www.procyclingtour.com for updates and the coming announcement on how to purchase the package.
Want to Be a VIP?
VIP tickets are now on sale for Champions Row hospitality tents along the Parkway. Champions Row VIPs enjoy prime start/finish positioning, an all-day catered buffet, complimentary drinks, and shuttle bus transport to and from Manayunk. Perhaps most exciting about these VIP spots is the chance to win one of 10 rides in the race’s official pace car as well as a special appearance by one of the race’s top competitors. Champions Row VIPs are also able to park in reserved spots at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, with a shuttle that takes them to and from the race course. Patron packages for corporate and personal entertaining are also available. To purchase VIP tickets or get more information on entertainment and hospitality packages, go to https://www.procyclingtour.com/patronpackages.htm.
Watching the Race
For those who can’t make it out to the race course on Sunday, June 5, Pro Cycling Tour is pleased to announce that Comcast SportsNet will again broadcast the race locally in high definition in the Philadelphia region, and nationally on its Versus station. In addition, cycling enthusiasts can listen to KYW Newsradio, which is signed on to partner with the race for the next three years, for live updates throughout the race as well as preview stories in the weeks leading up to the big day.
For further information on the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, visit www.procyclingtour.com.
The American Track Racing Association’s 2011 National Championship Series Schedule
The American Track Racing Association(ATRA) will be continuing it’s ATRA National Championship Series(NCS) for 2011. The second year national series hopes to bring together a collective of the best track races in the US for the best racers in the US to compete head to head for the chance to be named ATRA’s National Championship Series winner. Track racing in the US of recent years has seen a myriad of different races and small regional series operating independently and the goal of ATRA’s NCS is to bring all of those events to a national stage and highlight some of the great work being done a ATRA’s member velodromes around the country.
The goal of ATRA’s NCS is to collectively bring together velodromes around the country and highlight their major events and bring additional media exposure for those events. A side benefit of bringing those velodrome’s and their events to the forefront of the cycling community nationwide is creating more awareness of the American Track Racing Association and it’s mission and goals as an organization. ATRA’s mission is to advance the sport of track cycling, the capital improvements of our facilities and for the promotion of track riding and racing.
The NCS will feature Individual Overall Champions for Men’s events, Women’s events and best overall Team for the team that gains the most points over the course of the season. Championships will also be awarded for both Men’s Sprint and Endurance, and Women’s Sprint and Endurance. Each one of the races that is held at NCS events will count points towards the championship and the results will be tallied on ATRA’s website, raceatra.com and at the end of the year National Championship Series jersey’s will be awarded to the winners of each category.
2011 ATRA NCS Schedule
Date Race Velodrome Location
05/21-22 Matrix Cup Superdrome Frisco, TX
06/10-12 Fixed Gear Classic National Sports Center Blaine, MN
06/24-26 UIV/IVBP 3 Day Madison Cup Bloomer Park Rochester Hills, MI
07/01-02 Testarossa Velodrome Challenge Hellyer San Jose, CA
07/08-09 Outback Bikes presents ‘The Omnium’* Dick Lane East Point, GA
07/15-17 Alpenrose Challenge Alpenrose Portland, OR
07/22-23 Marymoor Grand Prix Marymoor Seattle, WA
07/26 Bob Pfarr Memorial Points Race* Kenosha Kenosha, WI
08/04 Roger DeLanghe Trophy Race* Ed Rudolph Northbrook, IL
08/13 Regional Championships** Dick Lane East Point, GA
09/10-11 Far West Championships Encino Encino, CA
TBD Elaine Nekritz Trophy Race** Ed Rudolph Northbrook, IL
TBD Amy Tremelling Keirin** Kenosha Kenosha, WI
*Points for Men Only
**Points for Women Only
For more information on this story, please contact Jeff Hopkins, 404 769 0012, [email protected]
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Not Dead Yet, book by Phil Southerland
Phil Southerland has just finished writing a memoir about growing up with type 1 diabetes. In it, Phil tells the story of how he turned his diagnosis and his passion for cycling into a global movement to positively affect the lives of people with diabetes. The book is called Not Dead Yet: My Race Against Disease from Diagnosis to Dominance. This heartfelt story is sure to inspire and inform thousands of individuals and families around the world that anything is possible.
In the book, Phil shares many personal stories and the insights he gained about diabetes throughout his life. His story begins with a panicked trip to the emergency room as a seven-month-old, where his mother was informed that he displayed the youngest case of diabetes on record in the world at that time. He tells us how blindness, kidney failure and death were all predicted for him by age 25, but by learning to manage his diabetes from an early age he’s had a healthy and successful 29 years and counting. We see how he discovers the positive effect his perspective on diabetes has on the people he meets, and what it takes to convince Phil that his message – that a diabetic can be a successful professional athlete – is a vital one. He recalls how a chance encounter with an anonymous man in a Starbucks helped launch Team Type 1, which started as a cycling team and now has grown to become a wide-sweeping organization that is radically changing the lives of diabetics around the world. And how the team’s global partnership for better health with Sanofi-Aventis is making a huge impact on the diabetes community.
Founder and Director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes Steve Edelman says: “Not Dead Yet is an uplifting and incredibly true adventure of a young man who beats the odds. Phil is an inspiration to those who live and struggle with diabetes as well as any individual who faces seemingly insurmountable challenges.”
You can buy the book today at https://amzn.to/Phil_Southerland or https://barnesandnoble.com/Phil-Southerland and then go towww.teamtype1.org/book to get a sneak peek at the first two chapters. We think you’ll personally enjoy Not Dead Yet and hope you’ll pass this along to a friend in need of a dose of inspiration in their own lives. You can also help spread the message by sharing the links about the book with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.
BikeSherpa.com – See Who Is On Your Bike Tour Before You Go
Ever taken an awesome bike tour but ended up stuck with a lame group? A new bike tour company, BikeSherpa.com, lets travelers choose tours based on who else is going. Visitors to BikeSherpa.com can see and communicate with other cyclists interested in, or going on, specific tours. People can also form their own groups, and add a theme to the tour, like a college reunion “wine ride” through Bordeaux, or a Bachelor party “Bavarian beer” ride.
The age of ‘blind date’ travel is over,” says founder Robert Reimann. “I believe that traveling with a great group of people is as important as the spectacular scenery and cultural experience of the trip itself.”
BikeSherpa.com offers quality guided and independent bike tours and cycling cruises throughout Europe and around the globe.
Ripping up the Roads of Redlands and Beaumont on two-wheels as well as three: The 2011 Redlands Bicycle Classic will be ‘presented by’ Loma Linda University PossAbilities
In recent years the Redlands Bicycle Classic has become more than just an internationally recognized professional cycling race, it has become an event that leads by promoting the core values of Health, Diversity, and the Environment. This commitment has been no more evident than with the association and partnership of the Loma Linda University PossAbililities program.
“Once again PossAbilities is excited to be the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Redlands Bicycle Classic,” says PossAbilities Manager, Pedro R. Payne. “For the last 5 years we’ve been honored to be a partner in this very exciting event. It seems every year the RBC keeps getting better and better!”
Loma Linda University PossAbilities has marked its five-year sponsorship anniversary with the Redlands Bicycle Classic by taking on an even bigger role than just a presenting sponsor. They have brought in Handcycle Director, Cotie Williams, to be a part of the all-volunteer Redlands Bicycle Classic Organizing Committee, a role tasked with promotion and coordination of all things handcycling. And this year’s race is no small task given the four-day scope of the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
“The Loma Linda University PossAbilities program brings so much excitement to our event, and the athletes are nothing short of inspirational!” says Race Director Eric Reiser. “Each year our partnership with PossAbilities has grown, and this year we are proud to feature another tough event for our handcycle athletes. With four different stages that will challenge the mettle and power of each racer, it’s sure to bring out the best in the athletes and the crowds!”
This year’s handcycle race will consist of four stages and be run, as it has in the past, as a featured event at each of the four Redlands Bicycle Classic venues: 1) the PossAbilities Hill Climb Time Trial, a 3.1-mile climbing course contested solo against the clock, 2) the PossAbilities Road Race, a 21-mile testing course with fast corners, long straights, and plenty of wind to keep the racers fighting to keep top speed, 3) the PossAbilities Downtown Long Course Criterium, a nine-turn incredibly technical and fast course that will test each rider to the limits of their ability, and 4) the PossAbilities Short Course Criterium, held on a similar Downtown Redlands course, but a shorter five turn layout that keeps the racers in the spectator’s eye but still packs plenty of arm busting punch!
Also back for a 2011 edition of this year’s event is the crowd favorite PossAbilities Handcycle Clinic. This is an opportunity for the public to get a real understanding of the rigors and challenges of handcycle competition. The PossAbilities Handcycle Clinic will be held on Sunday, April 3rd in the parking garage under the expo area (at 6th and Citrus in Downtown Redlands) from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Handcycles will be available for all comers to take for a spin.
As the 2nd round of the U.S. Handcycle Series (also presented by PossAbilities), the 2011 Redlands Bicycle Classic presented by PossAbilities is set to be an amazing event, contested by over 30 handcyclists on the same roads that the men’s and women’s professional peloton has been hammering for over twenty-five years. It’s an event and a partnership that builds community through the promotion of an active lifestyle, whether it is on two-wheels or three!
For more information about PossAbilities and the Handcycle portion of the race contact the Handcycle Race Director, Cotie Williams at (909) 558-6664 or via email at [email protected] To learn more about PossAbilities go to www.teampossabilities.com.
For more information, including race times, distances, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.redlandsclassic.com.
And finally a video of the great Eddy Merckx winning Milan-San Remo when I was a lad!
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