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EuroTrash Thursday!

The season in the Northern hemisphere is as good as over, barring cyclo-cross and the track so it’s no surprise that a lot of today EuroTrash is from Australia, South Africa and Argentina. My “Top Story” today is about the plasticizer test, which WADA now don’t think is feasible, clenbuterol next? As always I’ve been trawling You Tube to find some apt video, so enjoy a EuroTrash Thursday coffee break.

“Top Story”

Blood Doping Research Cancelled
It has been reported by Bloomberg that the test to find plastic in the blood system has had to be cancelled due to WADA not granting funds to the Barcelona based professor; Jordi Segura who needs the money to help validate the test. The test would (is claimed) discover plastic residue from intravenous blood bags used for blood boosting. If you remember back to last year this was one of the rumours attached to the Contador case.

The plastic in the blood talk has gone very quiet of late and this has probably a lot to do with the test not being reliable due to Segura’s system maybe fallible because it’s difficult to prove where the plastic nay have come from as we all have some amount in our systems due to food packaging etc.

WADA has funded other research projects to the tune of $50,000 since 2001, but according to Robin Parisotto, a WADA review scientist, other researchers may be working on other methods based on molecular or genetic tests, which would be more effective. “We are all going to have some sort of plastic floating around our system, whether it’s from drinking from plastic bottles or eating food from plastic wrappings,” Parisotto told Bloomberg.

Last year, Segura and his researchers published a preliminary study that found the concentration of residue from a plasticizer known as DEHP was significantly higher after a transfusion. That project was funded by organizations including Germany’s Interior Ministry and Swiss anti-doping authorities.

The research won a sports science prize in Spain and was published by medical journals. It gained prominence after the New York Times reported Contador’s positive test for banned drug clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour could have followed a transfusion because in one of his urine samples there was eight times as much plasticizer than usual. This has always been denied by Contador and looking at what WADA have stated, they also have doubts about the test.

Alberto Contador blames the positive clenbuterol test on eating contaminated beef and was cleared by the Spanish cycling federation. WADA and the UCI are appealing the acquittal at CAS and we should know the conclusion later this month, but the plasticizers claim is not part of the case.

Plastic and clenbuterol ingestion seems to be becoming part of modern living, it’s not just in China and Mexico that clenbuterol is used and found in meat and as to plastic, when was the last time you eat or drank something that has not been in plastic at sometime in its process?

Written in memory of @theswordsman.

Contador for Tour de San Luis, Argentina
Basque web-site Biciciclismo are reporting that Alberto Contador will be starting his 2012 campaign in the Tour of San Luis in Argentina between the 23rd and the 29th of January. Joining the Giro, Tour and Vuelta winner will be Vincenzo Nibali, who won the 2010 Tour de San Luis. The European teams expected to ride are: Liquigas-Cannondale, Saxo Bank-SunGard, Movistar Team, Ag2r-La Mondiale, Quick-Step, UnitedHealthcare, Farnese Vini, Androni, Caja Rural, Andalucнa-Caja Granada and Christina Watches. In 2011, the Chilean rider Gonzalo Arriagada won ahead of Josй Serpa and Enzo Moyano.

Here is some action from last year’s race and if you look closely you will spot PEZ friend; Laura Meseguer taking photographs at the finish:

Cavendish to ride Revolution in Manchester
The World road race champion; Mark Cavendish will be making a return to the indoor boards of the Manchester track for round 2 of the Revolution series on the 19th of November at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. There is a long list of other stars on the bill, including; Pete Kennaugh, Alex Dowsett, Geraint Thomas, Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt, Olympic champion Ed Clancy and European Champion Andy Tennant. Guest international riders will include Franco Marvulli and Iljo Keisse, who have come off the back of winning the Amsterdam and Grenoble six day races. More details can be found at www.cyclingrevolution.com, TV highlights will be broadcast on ITV4 at 19:00 on Monday 21st November.

This video is of Mark Cavendish with Rob Hayles wining the men’s madison at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles:

GreenEdge Full Roster
The new Australian WorldTour (hopefully!) GreenEdge team has announced the last two riders to fill their roster for next season; Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn. Both riders are very good against the clock with Durbridge winning the Under 23 World TT title and Hepburn taking the bronze, both are also part of the Australian team pursuit World Championship winning team. These two riders bring the team up to 30 riders.

The GreenEdge Team for 2012:
Michael Albasini (SUI),
Fumiyuki Bepppu (JPN),
Jack Bobridge (AUS),
Simon Clarke (AUS),
Baden Cooke (AUS),
Allan Davis (AUS),
Julian Dean (NZ),
Mitchell Docker (AUS),
Luke Durbridge (AUS),
Simon Gerrans (AUS),
Matt Goss (AUS),
Michael Hepburn (AUS),
Leigh Howard (AUS),
Daryl Impey (RSA),
Jens Keukeleire (BEL),
Aidis Kruopis (LTU)
Brett Lancaster (AUS),
Sebastion Langeveld (NED),
Robbie McEwen (AUS),
Christian Meier (CAN),
Cameron Meyer (AUS),
Travis Meyer (AUS),
Jens Mouris (NED),
Stuart O’Grady (AUS),
Wesley Sulzberger (AUS),
Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERITREA),
Svein Tuft (CAN),
Tomas Vaitkus (LTU),
Pieter Weening (NED),
Matt Wilson (AUS).

Here is Luke Durbridge at the Under 23 World’s TT this year:

Rabobank for Tour Down Under
Luis Leon Sanchez will be part of the Rabobank team riding the Santos Tour Down Under in January next year. He will be joined by Graeme Brown, Michael Matthews, Mark Renshaw, Tom Leezer, Jos Van Emden and Wilco Keldermann in the Australian stage race run from the 15th to the 22nd of January. Sanchez is a past winner of the race and Brown, Renshaw and Matthews have all won stages.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne) claimed stage five of the Santos Tour Down Under in 2005:

Cantwell for Saxo Bank
Australian “fast man” Jonathan Cantwell has signed for the Saxo Bank-Sungard team for next year. He originally should have hit the big time with the failed Pegasus team, but we know what happened there! He has been riding for the Fly V Australia team for three years with a load of wins to his name. The 29 year-old has a fair turn of speed and is hopeful of helping Saxo’s sprinter J.J. Haedo or going for the win himself. Bjarne Riis commented on the Saxo Bank-Sungard web-site: “Jonathan has won many races in the past four years whilst riding in Australia and the States and has shown he is a winner, I feel he now deserves a shot at the very top level. He is a hard working person and a tough guy, and I believe he can further lift his level.”

Lotto gets Co-Sponsor for Three Years
According to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws the Lotto team will also be sponsored by Belisol for the next three years. This was a rumour about a month ago, but now seems to be certain. Belisol, who make windows, are not new to the sport as they used to sponsor the Lotto women’s team. Due to the split in the team and the departure of the top rider; Philippe Gilbert, the team has dropped from the No.1 spot to 13th place on the UCI list the team want to improve. As team DS Marc Sergeant explained: “The new composition of our team is in thirteenth place in the UCI rankings, a return to the top ten is our primary goal.” With the riders they have retained and signed the “new” Lotto-Belisol team should achieve good results, with luck and less crashes than last year!

These are the highlites of the team in 2010:

Di Luca to Acqua & Sapone
Italian “Bad Boy” Danilo Di Luca will be riding for Acqua & Sapone in 2012. He will be hoping that the ProConti team will get invites to the better races, like; the Giro d’Italia and as many Classics as possible, but nothing is guaranteed. During his controversial career he has won stages and overall in the Giro, plus stages in the Vuelta, Amstel, Lombardia etc. He was disqualified from the 2009 Giro d’Italia for positive tests (two) for EPO and served only a nine months and seven days ban due to co-operating with the investigators. He leaves Katusha after an average season with no wins, but a few decent results.

Alex Rasmussen to be Banned?
The Dane; Alex Rasmussen accepts that he should receive some sort of suspension for his missed doping controls that he claims were due to his “forgetfulness” which caused him to miss three controls in a year and a half. “I don’t mind getting a penalty at all, but I think it must be proportionate to what happened.” He told Ritzau and added; “It’s annoying when you know that people are doping and get one year and that I will be punished just as hard.”

Riccт Just Won’t Go Away!
I’m sure you all know the full story of the Riccardo Riccт drugs case? If you don’t, then you have either been away somewhere where there is no internet or you’ve had enough of it all and given up reading drug stories. Anyway…Riccт admitted to giving himself a blood transfusion which he later denied. This all came to light due to the hospitalisation of Riccт after what ever happened, either an iron infusion, as Riccт claims or a bag of past its sell by date blood. The latest development is that three specialists have been appointed to fathom out the truth and whether a 12 year ban will be handed down to Riccт as the CONI want, maybe then we will have heard the last of Riccardo Riccт? We should have the answer in 45 days.

No Tour of South Africa!
After only one edition the Tour of South Africa will not take place in 2012 due to lack of money. The news came hard on the heels of the announcement that the well established race; the Giro del Capo would also not be happening next year after a run of nearly twenty years. You would think that the UCI’s globalization plans might have looked on racing in South Africa favourably and tried to give it a helping hand, let’s not forget that the UCI president; Pat McQuaid raced in South Africa during the years of apartheid and received a ban from the 1976 Olympic Games.

Battenkill on UCI Calendar
The Tour of the Battenkill has returned to the UCI calendar as a 1.2 event for 2012 after a year’s absence. Battenkill is one of five events in the Great American Cycling Series and has a place in the National Race Calendar and is included in the UCI America Tour and can be contested by ProConti and Conti teams, but not WorldTour teams.

Tour of the Battenkill in 2010:

Lewis & Butler for Champion Systems
Craig Lewis from HTC-Highroad and Chris Butler from BMC will be joining the Champion System team for next year. After crashing in this year’s Giro d’Italia and breaking his femur, things didn’t look good for Lewis when the HTC-Highroad team folded, so it’s good news that he has found a place with the Champion Systems team with its plans to become a ProConti team. Chris Butler has been with the BMC team for two seasons and also had the misfortune to crash in the Giro to go home with a broken pelvis. Champion Systems have listed 13 riders so far, including veteran Jan Kirsipuu and expect to sign five more, the team will ride in Asia as well as the US with some European races thrown in.

Champion Systems Team for 2012:
Clinton Avery (NZL),
Joris Boillat (SUI),
Chris Butler (USA),
Will Clarke (AUS),
Matthias Friedemann (GER),
Xu Gang (CHN),
Aaron Kemps (AUS),
Jaan Kirsipuu (EST),
Craig Lewis (USA),
Mart Ojavee (EST),
Jiao Pengda (CHN),
Steven Wong (HKG),
Kin San Wu (HKG).

European Cyclo-cross Championships 2011
Last weekend were the European cyclo-cross championships in Lucca, Italy for the Elite Women, Under 23 Men and the Junior Men. Basically it was a Dutch whitewash with riders from Holland winning all three races and in the Men’s Under 23 race Holland took all the medals.

Elite Women’s Result:
1. Daphny van den Brand (Netherlands) in 43:45
2. Lucie Chainel (France) at 0:07
3. Pauline Ferrand Prevost (France) at 0:09
4. Sophie De Boer (Netherlands) at 0:21
5. Nikki Harris (Great Britain) at 0:22.

Under 23 Men’s Result:
1. Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) in 53:33
2. Mike Teunissen (Netherlands) at 0:01
3. Stan Godrie (Netherlands) at 0:04
4. Arnaud Jouffroy (France) at 0:06
5. Vinnie Braet (Belgium) at 0:08.

Junior Men’s Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands) in 38:47
2. Quentin Jauregui (France) at 0:34
3. Romain Seigle (France) at 0:40
4. Wout Van Aert (Belgium) at 0:57
5. Anthony Turgis (France) at 1:02.

Championnat d’Europe cyclo-cross 2011 from Petitesreines on Vimeo.

2012 August Dates Confirmed for Tour of Utah Professional Cycling Event
“America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM” Building New Marketing Alliances

Press Release: The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling event will return for a eighth year of competition next year, August 7-12, 2012. The Tour of Utah will continue for a second season as a top-rated, international stage race, designated 2.1 by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Race organizers will launch a new corporate platform for next season, working closely with several agencies.

“2011 was a phenomenal year for us. We enjoyed positive impact from all facets of the event – the elevated UCI designation, a world-class field of pro teams, a record number of corporate partners and record attendance for race week. We want to continue the growth of our event. The Tour of Utah is not only a world stage to showcase professional athletes, but it is becoming a world stage to showcase our sponsors and partners,” said Steve Miller, president of the Utah Cycling Partnership which owns the Tour of Utah.

The Tour of Utah has signed two Utah-based companies, TWIO Brand and Saxton l Horne Advertising, to build on the growing success of the event and generate a new visual identity and brand strategy. Saxton l Horne Advertising will focus on re-launching a new website for the Tour. TWIO Brand will develop a refreshed brand identity for the Tour, and will provide marketing support. Both agencies will rely on survey data compiled from athletes, spectators and sponsors for the introduction of a new look and feel for the Tour of Utah in 2012.

Returning agencies for next year include Medalist Sports, which oversees competition management and technical production for the Tour, and Peloton Sports, which manages media and public relations. Karen Weiss, who served as the executive director for the Tour since 2008, has asked to move into an advisory role with the Tour so that she can focus on her family. Miller will continue as the president of the Tour, with a focus on sponsorship sales. He confirmed that bids are currently being reviewed for 2012 host venues.

In just seven years, the race has gone from a three-day race for individuals and regional teams to a six-day race for professional teams with national television coverage and live webcasting for a worldwide audience. This year’s Tour of Utah set an attendance record with an estimated 225,000 spectators across the six days of competition. The 2011 event covered 409-miles of diverse and mountainous terrain over six days, which included a prologue and five stages. Five of this year’s 16 professional teams competed at the Tour de France, including Team RadioShack, which featured champion Levi Leipheimer. In 2012, the Tour of Utah will be one of four top stage races in the U.S. having a 2.1 or 2.HC rating from the UCI ; the four events are Amgen Tour of California (2.HC), Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove (2.1), Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (2.1) and USA Pro Cycling Challenge (2.HC).

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique pro sports in the world today. The 2011 Host Venues included Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Ogden, Provo, Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Salt Lake City and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. More information about the Tour of Utah and its partners can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, with updates on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Univest Ends 14-Year Title Sponsorship
UCI/NRC Grand Prix to Continue in 2012

Press Release: Univest Corporation has declined to renew their title sponsorship of the Univest Grand Prix for 2012 and beyond. They will instead focus on aiding local nonprofits which are struggling in the economic downturn. The race will continue in 2012, under new sponsorship, and maintain it’s status as a UCI 1.2 and NRC 1.HC race.

“Univest has been a strong and unwavering supporter of international cycling for 14 years.” stated race director John Eustice, “ We thank them for their longtime commitment to the sport and for helping build a vibrant community of fans, participants, sponsors and civic authorities around the events. That community will move forward with a dynamic new Grand Prix for 2012.”

The event, which began in 1998 as an international amateur-only bicycle road race based out of Souderton, PA, expanded into a second day in Doylestown in 2003, was awarded UCI professional status in 2006, and became the first-ever UCI and NRC ranked event in 2011. The race was renowned for its beautiful and challenging racecourses, strong international fields, excellent media coverage and close community ties. Every Univest Grand Prix road race was televised, with live coverage beginning in 2006.

The Cyclosportif 100K recreational ride, an early innovation of the promotion which anticipated the current Gran Fondo popularity by a decade, will remain a strong and vital component of the two-day event.

“Community participation is what makes this race so special,” said Eustice, “thousands of people have consistently joined together to open their homes to the teams, volunteer on the racecourses, come to spectate or ride the Cyclosportif, not to mention the sponsors, police, mayors and civic authorities, all who work in common cause to create a fine international sporting event. I especially would like to thank Christopher Shinners, David Henninger and Rick Grater, without whom there would have never been one, let alone fourteen Univest Grand Prix’s.”

Sparta Cycling is looking forward to next September 15 & 16, for the 2012 edition of the Grand Prix. This international event is the final major battleground of the North American racing season. Sparta Cycling, Pennsylvania communities, and USA Cycling remain committed to the continued growth and international standing of this legacy event.

HotChillee and Momentum secure cycling elites for South Africa outreach
Press Release: HotChillee and Momentum today announce that they are taking a group of four international professional cyclists to join the South African Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on 20 November, participating in the Ride for a Purpose campaign. The ride will be followed by visits to local charities, including the Morning Star Children’s Centre, a day care facility for underprivileged children affected by HIV / AIDS.

The HotChillee and Momentum group consists of Dan Martin from team Garmin-Cervйlo, 10th in the UCI rankings. He will be joined by brothers Dean Downing from team Rapha-Condor-Sharp and Russ Downing from Team Sky. Completing the quartet will be cycling legend, Stephen Roche who is a Triple Crown winner, having won the Tour de France, Giro D’Italia and World Championships in 1987. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of this phenomenal achievement.

Russ Downing says: “When HotChillee and Momentum asked us to go to South Africa with them, we jumped at the chance. I’m really looking forward to riding in this world class event and helping in the fundraising efforts of many in the Riding for a Purpose campaign. It’s a fantastic idea and with 25,000 participants expected, it should be a very special day.”

Dean Downing adds: “Over the last few years, Russ and I have been raising money in the UK for several charities with the Out of the Saddle Cycling Club we helped establish. Following the ride we will be visiting local charities that are doing an amazing job in South Africa. The staff at The Morning Star Children’s Centre are incredible and, by helping these innocent victims of a terrible disease, are truly making a difference.”

The four cyclists have been specifically brought in for the event by HotChillee and Momentum, but will be joined by a number of other international cycling names who have an affinity for South Africa and the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge.

Tanya Harford, Race director of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge says: “There is much excitement around welcoming these cycling heroes. Having the chance to ride with cyclists, who are at the top of their game, is not something that happens every day. We’re also very warmed by the time they are giving to some of our local charities.”

Commentator Phil Liggett, known as the Voice of Cycling, will be back for the 15th edition of the race. South African Daryl Impey, who has just signed for the Australian Green Edge team will be taking part, as will South African educated Chris Froome from Team Sky. Chris finished second in this year’s Vuelta A’ Espania, the tour of Spain – one of the three grand tours.

In addition to participating in the main event on Sunday 20 November, all of the international participants, including the HotChillee group and Phil Liggett will be doing a ‘Twitter Ride’ – a warm up ride the day before. They will be joined by local sporting legends Joel Stransky, the former South African rugby union player, famous for his dramatic winning drop goal against New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. Former South African Rugby captain, famous for leading the team to victory in 1995 and played by Matt Damon in Invictus, Franзois Pienaar, will also be riding.

For details of the warm up ride, follow the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on Twitter @momentum947, and like the Facebook page to ensure you’re up to date on all the info.

Press Release: Holiday Ride and Toy Drive to benefit Rady’s San Diego Childrens Hospital.

Meet at 7:30am for drinks and snacks ride leaves at 9am. Heading South on the 101 up Torrey Pines grade to coffee shop at UCSD for a refresher then back North to Campy NA’s
headquarters. Bring a toy, bike, gear and we will see you there!

Campagnolo North America
5431 Avenida Encinas Suite C
Carlsbad, CA.

Saturday, December 10 • 7:30am – 11:00am.

Braveheart Fund Dinner
The Braveheart fund dinner is the highlight of the Scottish cycling social season and this year it was its usual success raising 35,000 GBP to help young Scottish cyclists. Part of the event consists of an auction of cycling memorabilia, two signed World championship jersey from Mark Cavendish raised 2,400 GPB each, and Robert Millar’s signed TVM jersey and a day in the Lampre team car at the Giro d’Italia brought in nearly as much. The entertainment had a magician, a singer and Scottish band Celtic Spirit. Special guest’s amongst the 390 revelers at the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock included; Sean Kelly, Alex Dowsett and Russel Downing, the dinner followed an organised ride for 500 people on the Ayrshire roads in the South West of Scotland. Ex-pro, TV commentator and Braveheart co-organiser Brain Smith commented to PEZ: “It Still amazes me the amount of generosity there is over the weekend to help these young Scots. Plenty of good hearts in Kilmarnock.” Next year will be the 10th year of the event, if you want to donate to the Braveheart fund or find out more here is the Braveheart web-site.

And here is some film of the after dinner fun!

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