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Philippe Gilbert won Flйche on Wednesday setting himself up perfectly for Liйge on Sunday. There are a few others who might have something to say about that! We have a look back at some old Liйge-Bastobne-Liйge action and catch up with the Giro del Trentino. “Tip Story” is about race radio’s…or is it? The Tour’s of Britain and Poland routes are revealed and Michael Boogerd does a bit of ice dance and does it quite well!

“Top Story”
McQuaid & The Team Managers!
On Monday thirty nine of the forty two ProTour and ProConti team’s representatives met with the UCI and its president Pat McQuaid in a hotel near Brussels airport. The meeting had many subjects on the agenda; the ProTeams ranking for next season, finance, bike design and the BIG question; race radios.

All went well till the race radio subject was brought up. While President McQuaid was talking many of the pro-radio managers left the room, including; Bjarne Riis, Johan Bruyneel, Ralf Aldag and Roberto Amadio, plus representatives of most of the other teams, leaving only Astana and Katusha from the ProTour and some of the ProConti teams. Jonathan Vaughters, the head of the AIGCP (Teams Association), was not at the meeting, but had been talking to McQuaid via e-mail. Vaughters received this from the UCI president; “I have had enough of this High Moral Ground from you and I am refraining myself from writing exactly what I am thinking. Enough to inform you that when I have finished with the teams today you will have plenty to “reflect” on and communication will be the furthest thing from your mind!!”

A press release from AIGCP after the meeting read like this: “At today’s meeting with the UCI in Brussels we hoped to agree the setting up of an independent expert review of all aspects of race radio usage including the best way to broadcast race safety warnings and the legal liabilities of a change to the existing system, alongside its use for tactics and team building. Sadly our approach was rejected by the UCI leadership.”

Pat McQuaid commented; “It doesn’t surprise me (that they walked out). They have a completely closed mind to anyone else’s opinion. If is not their opinion, they don’t accept it.” He added “It maybe to do with power but if it is, it’s their problem.” He also pointed out: “They don’t realise what their place is. In this sport and in most other international sports, you have an international authority and international federation that is the government and governance of the sport and regulates the sport. Organisers in our sport organise events, teams have riders who ride races.”

Add to this that the managers had requested the information that the UCI is holding on certain riders that had “suspect” biological passports, but this request was rejected.

I think it’s become very obvious to most, that this is nothing to do with race radios, but all to do with who runs the sport. The fans have heard enough about doping and don’t care who organise the races and all the systems that bring the races to them, either on the road or the screen. Everyone wants to see the best riders at the best races and maybe the teams and the UCI have lost sight of this?

La Flйche Wallonne
You all know the result now, if you don’t then read the race report here on PEZ. Philippe Gilbert is well on his way to dominating the Ardennes Classics, but there might be an up-set at Liйge. Looking at the form of Rodriguez (Katusha), Sanchez (Euskaltel), Vinokourov (Astana) and not to forget Contador (Saxo Bank), I don’t think Gilbert will get an easy win on Sunday, we’ll see…..
Here is the last 8 kilometres of this year’s La Flйche Wallonne on You Tube.

Retro Flйche video
Video of the last ten years of La Flйche Wallonne can be seen here on Sporza.

Giro del Trentino
The four stage Giro del Trentino has always been a last warm-up for the Giro d’Italia which starts early next month. Trentino usually attracts a good field and this year is no different with Nibali (Liquigas), Scarponi (Lampre), Keuziger (Astana), Klцden (RadioShack), Ballan (BMC), Sella (Androni Giocattoli) and Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) all lining up on the start line. One team that won’t be winning is Cofidis who decided at the last minute not to ride.
Stage 1: Andreas Klцden of RadioShack showed he had not lost any form since winning the Tour of the Basque Country by taking the opening time trial of 13.4 kilometres from Riva del Garda to Arco. All the other star riders didn’t lose too much time on Klцden setting up a great battle in the Dolomites over the next days. After the finish the German had this to say: “I didn’t start too fast as I knew there was a small but steep 500 meter hill at the end,” said the victorious Klцden. “I wanted to save some forces for the last 4-5 kilometers. That plan worked out fine. Malori was better at the intermediate split time, but then I opened up my ‘turbo chargers’. (Team Director) Josй Azevedo guided me around the corners and gave me the split times of Machado and Malori. I knew exactly what I had to do. This is nice again. I came to Trentino to try to win this TT. I have the leader’s jersey now. Of course we will try to keep it, but that will not be not so easy. The Giro d’Italia favorites are here and I am sure they want to do some big tests here. It will be a hard stage race. But… we will defend that jersey.”
Giro del Trentino Stage 1 result:
1. Andreas Klцden (RadioShack) at 15:24
2. Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD at 0:01
3. Tiago Machado (RadioShack) at 0:08
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 0:10
5. Luca Ascani (D’Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo) at 0:11
6. Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli) at 0:16
7. Scott Zwizanski (Unitedhealthcare) at 0:21
8. Stefan Schumacher (Miche-Guerciotti) at 0:23
9. Alessandro Ballan (BMC) at 0:25
10. Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack).

Stage 2: Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) won the stage to Ledro Bezzecca after an action packed 184 kilometres. After an early break of four riders was pulled back, Voeckler attacked on the final climb from a much depleted lead group and was joined by Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), the two built up a gap of 26 seconds. Voeckler was too good for the Italian in the sprint, but Scarponi took the overall from Andreas Klцden (RadioShack) who finished nearly 6 minutes behind. Klцden’s team-mate Tiago Machado did move into second with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) in third.
Giro del Trentino stage 2 result:
1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) in 4:47:51
2. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD)
3. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-ISD) at 0:25
4. Steve Morabito (BMC Racing Team
5. Fortunato Baliani (d’Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo)
6. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana)
7. Luca Ascani (d’Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo)
8. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Androni Giocattoli)
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale)
10. Fabio Taborre (Acqua & Sapone)

Giro del Trentino overall after stage 2:
1. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) in 5:03:36
2. Tiago Machado (RadioShack) at 0:12
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 0:14
4. Luca Ascani (d’Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo) at 0:15
5. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) at 0:19
6. Steve Morabito (BMC) at 0:30
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) at 0:31
8. Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) at 0:38
9. Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone) at 0:40
10. Charles Wegelius (UnitedHealthcare).

Sunday see’s the next Ardennes Classic; the Liиge-Bastogne-Liиge. Always won by a top rider, can’t remember any un-known riders crossing the line first? Here is Eddy Merckx showing the others how it’s done:

Here is Michele Bartoli winning in 1997 and 1998, one of the few doubles. Here is 1997:

And 1998:

Tour of Britain route announced
The big change is a split stage on the last day in central London of a 10 kilometre time trial in the morning and a circuit race in the afternoon. The race makes a return to Scotland for the first stage from Peebles to Dumfries in the borders. Moving south to the Lake District from Kendal to Blackpool then stage three around the Stoke on Trent area. The race moves to Wales for Welshpool to Caerphilly, then East for Exeter-Exmouth and Taunton-Wells and Bury St Edmunds-Sandringham stages before finishing on the streets of the Capital. As well as five home teams (& Sky) there is a good selection of ProTour and ProConti teams invited.
Tour of Britain 2011 stages:
September 11th, Stage 1-Peebles to Dumfries,
September 12th, Stage 2-Kendal to Blackpool,
September 13th, Stage 3-The Stoke-on-Trent,
September 14th, Stage 4-Welshpool to Caerphilly,
September 15th, Stage 5-Exeter to Exmouth,
September 16th, Stage 6-Taunton to Wells,
September 17th, Stage 7-Bury St Edmunds to Sandringham,
September 18th, Stage 8a-The TfL Stage, Individual Time Trial,
September 18th, Stage 8b-The TfL Stage, Circuit Race.

Invited teams:
AN Post-Sean Kelly Cycling Team (Irl),
Colnago-CSF Inox (Ita),
Endura Racing (GB),
Garmin-Cervelo (USA),
Leopard Trek (Lux),
Motorpoint (GB),
Rabobank (Ned),
Rapha-Condor-Sharp (GB),
Sigma Sport-Specialized (GB),
Sky Professional Cycling Team (GB),
Team Europcar (Fra),
Team HTC – Highroad (USA),
Team NetApp (Ger),
Team Raleigh (GB),
Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator (Bel),
Vacansoleil-DCM (Ned).

Tour de Pologne 2011
Presentation of the 68th edition in Krakow

Press Release: Thursday April 14, the historic city hall in the splendid city of Krakow was the setting for the official presentation of the 2011 Tour de Pologne. The 68th edition of the Polish stage race will take place from July 31 to August 6.
“There are seven stages on the program – explains Tour de Pologne Director Czeslaw Lang -. It starts off from Pruszkow and arrives in Krakow after a 1110.9 – km race. We’ve designed the 2011 Tour de Pologne to make it even more spectacular, for the public as well as the riders. The flat stages have been shortened and will be held primarily on technical, fast, city circuits for distances from 100 to 130 km. This way it will be a battle from the very first kilometres. But at the same time we’ve decided to make the mountain stages more challenging; there will be two crowning stages: the 5th Zakopane – Zakopane stage (with a 43-km circuit, repeated for 5 laps, for a total 201.5 km) and the 6th stage starting from Terma Bukovina and arriving in Bukowina Tatrzanska (with a 46-km circuit repeated for 4 laps, for a total 207.7 km). Without a doubt these two stages will determine who will wear the final winner’s yellow jersey. Remember that this year once again the race will spill over the border in to the Czech Republic, during the fourth stage arriving in Cieszyn”.

The 6th stage at Terma Bukovina will also host the “Tour de Pologne amateurs’ stage” that will take cycling fans along the same route as the pros. In addition, at each stage children will be involved with races for the Nutella Mini Tour de Pologne.
Guests present at the ceremony included riders from Team CCC Polsat Polkowice accompanied by Team Manager Piotr Wadecki. The presentation also provided a catwalk to introduce the TdP jerseys: the yellow Skandia jersey for the leader of the overall standings, the Tauron cyclamen jersey for the mountain grand prix, the Plus blue jersey for the points’ standings and the red Fiat jersey for the most combative rider. And of course, let’s not forget Bank BGZ which, as always, will award all the winners of the individual stages.

The Tour de Pologne for the Polish Presidency of the European Union Council
And it’s not just about cycling. The Tour de Pologne will be an occasion to celebrate the Polish nation as we take on an important role in Europe. During the month of July, and for the following six months, Poland will have the task of guiding Europe as President of the European Union Council.
“This is the first European Union Council Presidency for Poland since its induction into the European Union in 2004; it’s an historic event – explains Tour de Pologne Director Czeslaw Lang, who won an historic silver medal for Poland in cycling at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow and was the first Eastern athlete to make it on to a professional Western European cycling team -. It’s a matter of pride and satisfaction for the entire nation and the Polish people, who’ve come to think of themselves as European citizens. In the last few decades Poland has come a long way politically, historically and culturally. War, Soviet occupation, Communism and the division between East and West are in the past. Fortunately the walls have come down, and in this slow yet inexorable process of globalisation and popular fellowship, sport has always played a vital role in promoting such values as unity and brotherhood among different populations.”

The ride through Czestochowa in remembrance of Pope John Paul II
An unforgettable figure from Poland’s last 100 years has got to be Karol Wojtyla, who became known to the world as Pope John Paul II. He will be beatified in Rome on Sunday, May 1st.
“With courage and determination, this extraordinary man did great things for Poland, Eastern Europe and the entire world – says Lang -. The Tour de Pologne will remember Pope John Paul II by touching down in some of the most symbolic places marking his existence. Besides the conclusive stage in Krakow, in the second stage the group will set off from Czestochowa and in the first few kilometres the riders will pedal next to the Jasna Gora Sanctuary, the famous monastery of the Czestochowa Black Madonna.

Windham to again host international mountain bike World Cup
Top cyclists from across the globe to compete in Greene County in July
Press Release: For the second year in a row, the world’s best professional mountain bikers will converge on Windham Mountain as the resort town hosts the seventh in a series of 10 World Cup events held all over the globe. The 2011 edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano will get under way in less than a week with the first round in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The Windham event will take place from July 7 through July 10.

The World Cup circuit is a series of races in three different racing disciplines – cross-country (narrow, rocky paths through forests and streams), downhill (riders race the clock on treacherous descents) and “4-cross (4X)” (four riders at a time race a fast downhill course with jumps and banked corners). This year’s Windham World Cup will be a bit different than 2010’s in that there will be no 4-cross competition.

“Despite the success we achieved in 2010 with the 4-cross event, we had to make the difficult decision not to include it in this year’s schedule at Windham. Since our venue is a ski mountain, the course has to be dismantled for the ski season and completely rebuilt each year, making it too cost prohibitive to continue,” said Race Director Nick Bove. “This decision will allow us to devote more resources, both financial and human, to the downhill and cross-country events, which promise to be even better than last year for both racers and spectators.”
Windham organizers are also planning many community events again this year, including cross-country and downhill racing for all levels of ability, a block party and a concert, among other activities, to continue last year’s efforts to involve racers and spectators alike in celebrating the uniqueness of the Windham area.

“We received so much positive feedback last year about all of the community events we offered and we’re promising to deliver more fun activities for the entire family again in July,” Bove said.

Windham is the seventh stop on a tour that also visits Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Dalby Forest, Great Britain; Offenburg, Germany; Fort William, Great Britain; Leogang, Austria; Mt. Sainte-Anne, Canada; La Bress, France; Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic; and Val di Sole, Italy.
For more information or to volunteer, visit www.racewindham.com.

Get More from Each Workout with The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery
Press Release: The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery is the first and only comprehensive exploration of the art and science of athletic rest. Runners, triathletes, and cyclists will gain more fitness from every workout with this new book from Sage Rountree, an expert cycling, triathlon, and running coach and yoga instructor. The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery: Rest, Relax, and Restore for Peak Performance is now available in bookstores; bike, tri, and running shops; and online. Learn more and download a free preview at www.velopress.com/recover.

Endurance athletes plan their workouts carefully, yet it’s during the crucial recovery period between workouts that they become faster at their sports. Recovery is when the body repairs itself and adapts to become stronger than before. Those who neglect their recovery will gain little from training, risking injury, overtraining, and burnout.

Rountree’s book guides athletes to full recovery and improved performance. She explains how much rest athletes need, how to measure fatigue, and how to make the best use of recovery tools.

Drawing on her own experience and extensive interviews with coaches, trainers, and elite athletes, Rountree details daily recovery practices, demystifying common aids like compression apparel, supplements, and ice baths as well as more exotic technologies. Athletes will discover which methods work and how and when they are most effective.

Rountree offers recovery plans for a variety of events, from short distance bike races to ultramarathons, so athletes can rest assured that they are ready for the next phase of training and racing.

The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery is an invaluable resource that enables athletes to maintain the balance between hard training and rest so that they can feel great and compete at their highest capability.

The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery: Rest, Relax, and Restore for Peak Performance by Sage Rountree
Paperback with tables and figures throughout
6″ x 9″, 232 pp., $18.95, 978-1-934030-67-7

Sage Rountree is an internationally recognized authority on yoga for athletes and an expert endurance sports coach. She is a certified coach with USA Triathlon and the Road Runners Club of America as well as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. A successful competitor in running and triathlon, she has raced distances ranging from the 400m to the 50K, super sprint triathlon to Ironman®. Sage is a frequent contributor to Runner’s World, Triathlete, and Yoga Journal magazines and has contributed to USA Triathlon Life, VeloNews, Running Times, Inside Triathlon, and Endurance magazines as well as several websites. She is a featured instructor at Kripalu and offers yoga workshops for athletes and coaches around the country. Sage is the author of The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga and The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga. Learn more at www.sagerountree.com.

Boogerd boogies on ice!
Michael Boogerd, the ex-Rabobank Tour stage winner, Dutch National Champion and winner of many top class races, has won Dutch TV’s Sterren Dansen op het Ijs (stars dancing on ice) with his dance partner Daya Nucci. Here is the video on You Tube:

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